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.
The process is different if you want to enforce a child maintenance decision that was originally made in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
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.
Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre London
Central Family Court
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
England and Wales (excluding Greater London)
Maintenance Enforcement Business Centre Bury St Edmunds
St Andrews Street North
Bury St Edmunds