The Network „Child Support Worldwide” was created within the framework of the EU funded project “Recovery of maintenance in the EU and worldwide”.

The project “Recovery of maintenance in the EU and worldwide”

The project, funded by the EU Commission, aimed to improve the implementation and application of the new instruments and to strengthen cross-border cooperation in Europe and worldwide by establishing a platform for multi-professional cross-border contacts and collaboration.

A key element of the project was an International Conference hold in Heidelberg from March 5th to 8th, 2013, for up to several hundred attendees. The Heidelberg conference provided an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences, increased their mutual knowledge about child support, family maintenance law, proceedings and enforcement in their respective countries or organizations, and to discuss unresolved issues and develop models for good practice.

In the course of the project qualitative and quantitative research were carried out by the Universities of Aberdeen and Heidelberg. A questionnaire was designed to find out how the EU Maintenance Regulation had operated in its first year in force and how it had been implemented. The research helped identifying problems in practice and in jurisprudence as well as the need for further education and training.

The project was completed by the publication of the book "Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide" which was edited by Professor Paul Beaumont, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hess, Lara Walker and Stefanie Spancken.



The project was operated by partners from practice and from academia.
Coordinator was the German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law (DIJuF).
Further project partners were the Universities of Aberdeen (Prof Paul R. Beaumont) and Heidelberg (Prof Dr Burkhard Hess).

Associate Partners were the German Federal Ministry of Justice (Dr Matthias Heger), the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA - Hannah Roots, Christopher Beresford), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Maja Groff, Philippe Lortie) and the University of Lyon (Prof Dr Frédérique Ferrand).


Conference letter – now CSW-Newsletter –

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