Council Regulation 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 relating to maintenance obligations aims at ensuring the effective and swift recovery of maintenance.
It provides for nine standard forms which should facilitate the communication between Central Authorities and make possible to submit applications electronically.
The Regulation applies between all Member States of the European Union including the United Kingdom (Commission Decision 2009/451/EC of 8 June 2009).
Denmark confirmed its intention to implement the content of the Regulation, to the extent that the Regulation amends Regulation (EC) N° 44/2001, by means of a declaration based on a parallel agreement concluded with the European Community.
Denmark and the United Kingdom are not bound by the 2007 Hague Protocol.
Aside from the nine standard forms an additional, non-compulsory standard form on the statement of maintenance arrears was developed by the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters. The aim of this additional form is to facilitate the practical implementation of the Maintenance Regulation, and the effective exercise of citizens’ rights throughout the EU.
You can complete these forms online by clicking one of the links below. If you have already started a form and saved a draft, you can upload it using the "Load draft" button.
As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State. However, under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU law shall apply to and in the United Kingdom during the transition period. The United Kingdom can be selected in forms until the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020.
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