Child maintenance if a parent lives abroad

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If the other parent lives abroad

How you get a child maintenance decision depends on whether the other parent lives in a Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) country. Check the list of REMO countries.

If the other parent does not live in a REMO country, get legal advice from a solicitor to find out if you can enforce the decision.

If the other parent lives in a REMO country

How to apply

If the other parent lives in a REMO country, contact the Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre (MEBC) for your area. The 2 areas are:

  • Greater London
  • England and Wales (excluding Greater London)

If you’re eligible, they’ll send you the application form and supporting guidance to help you apply.

Depending on your situation, you may need to attend a court hearing in the UK or pay a court fee. Your supporting guidance will explain this in more detail.

Tell the MEBC if you do not want the other parent to see certain information about you, such as your address.

Complete the form and send it back to your MEBC with any supporting documents.

Contact the MEBC for your area if you have any questions.

After you apply

Your completed application will be sent to the court in the country the other parent lives in.

The foreign court will then decide whether child maintenance should be paid (‘awarded’). They can also decide whether to enforce payment.

You can contact the MEBC for your area to find out how your application is progressing. Do not contact the foreign court.

Contact the Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre (MEBC) for your area

When you contact the MEBC tell them:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • your telephone number
  • the country the other parent lives in

You can only contact the MEBC for England and Wales (excluding Greater London) by email or post. There is no telephone number.

MEBC Wales is now closed. You can contact MEBC England and Wales (excluding Greater London) instead.

Greater London

Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre London
Central Family Court
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NP

England and Wales (excluding Greater London)

Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre Bury St Edmunds
Triton House
St Andrews Street North
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 1TR