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Family Law


PIL Conventions to Which the U.S. is a Party

PIL Conventions for Which U.S. Signature/Ratification/Accession is Under Consideration


Other PIL Conventions

Other PIL Resources

  • 42 U.S.C. 659A (Section 371 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, 1996) (statutory authority regarding bilateral child support arrangements) http://uscode.house.gov/
  • HHS Office of Child Support Enforcement website (for complete list of bilateral child support arrangements) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse
  • Conclusions and Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2009) http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/maint2009concl_e.pdf
  • Conclusions and Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (2010) http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/adop2010concl_e.pdf
  • Conclusions and Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (First session, 2011) http://www.hcch.net/upload/concl28sc6_e.pdf
  • Conclusions and Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (Second session, 2012) http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/abduct2012concl_e.pdf

Work in Progress

  • Hague Conference on Private International Law - Working Group to develop a Guide to Good Practice on the interpretation and application of Article 13(1) b) of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law - Experts’ Group to carry out exploratory research on cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements reached in the course of international child disputes


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