On January 1, 2017 the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance went into force in the United States, immediately establishing formal relations and administrative procedures with 35 other countries including nearly the entire European Union. The Convention, unlike other family law treaties, is implemented through state law, the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Family Support Act of 2008 (UIFSA 2008). All states have enacted UIFSA 2008, which includes a new Article 7, “Support Proceeding under Convention.” Although similar, in most respects, to interstate enforcement of child support, there are several features of the treaty and of UIFSA 2008 that will be totally new to practitioners and judges. “Ex Officio” review before any participation by the parties, the “Ordre’ Public” (public policy) defense, “Foreign Maintenance Arrangements,” and other features of the new law will be explained and insight offered into the practical implementation of the Convention.
Anne Miller, is a Senior Policy Specialist in the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), Division of Policy and Training. Anne works primarily on intergovernmental child support policy, with an emphasis on international case processing. Prior to joining OCSE, Anne served as a Program Analyst at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services, from 1993-1996. She was a recipient of an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2000. She holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota, an MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a BA in Economics/Business from Bethany College, Kansas.
Robert Keith, is the Associate General Counsel for the Children, Families and Aging Division (CFAD) of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2003-2007 he was a member of the U.S. Delegation to The Hague to negotiate the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. He also served on the Drafting Committee. Robert began his career as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General prosecuting civil paternity cases. He has been with OGC since 1982, and has served as head of CFAD since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Iowa College of Law.
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