Client Question:

I am a single mother who never married our child’s father and we split up just over 2 months ago. Our child is three years old and at the moment I am receiving an agreed amount from the father in order for me to pay my bills. However, the father is originally from the Ukraine and I am concerned that if he decides to return there, I’ll be left with no money.  What can I do?

 

Brookman’s Answer:

If the father does return to Ukraine, then you may well have to start proceedings in Ukraine in respect of child maintenance.  Either that, or you would obtain an Order from the English Courts relating to child maintenance and seek to have it enforced in Ukraine via the Courts there.

Unfortunately, Ukraine is not a member of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders regime and, therefore, there is no direct method of enforcing maintenance in that country.

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