What if you are a “left parent” and your child has been brought to England or England without your consent? I could not afford a lawyer who went beyond the first application. Mistakes and errors continued and I tried to deal with them myself. Although some employees seemed useful at first, it is often impossible to get over the phone today, and when I succeeded, I was often confronted with someone who misspelled our names and even confused one country for another. I once went to the U.K. court to find that they had not received an update from the REMO unit for several months and that they had assumed that the case was closed, even though I knew that a court in the other country was in the process of proceeding in my case. I referred this matter to the REMO unit and was assured that the British court had been informed. When I asked them to give me the correspondence data, they admitted that in fact they had not sent anything, whereas they would do so “today”, apparently. The table below shows countries that have entered into an REMO agreement with the United Kingdom. This backgrounder outlines how the child care system works when a caregiver, non-resident parent or licensed child lives abroad. The opposition between the other country and the British authorities is striking. In my experience, the REMO unit is terribly slow.
The authorities in the other country generally apply correspondence within a maximum of two weeks. If I don`t look at the REMO unit to find out, nothing seems to happen with the documents for months. I think it is likely that the unit is understaffed and overstretched, but some delays are totally avoidable. I recently received a letter from the REMO unit apologizing for delaying the sending of a June 17 document from my ex-husband`s country of origin. However, the document was not included in the cover letter. The letter said that if I needed extra help, I should contact him. I rang the office for days without passing. In the meantime, the family justice system, which deals with divorces and international food matters, has been completely restructured.
It was quite hard to get in touch with the original district court. It seems almost impossible to go to the central court which deals with divorce agreements across the south of England. The REMO unit sends your documents to the AUTHORITy responsible for REMO in the country concerned within one month of receipt. Your documents will then be forwarded to the court of this country. If a maintenance contract is in progress in England and is to be applied abroad, we can help you contact family rights specialists abroad. The terms of the UK`s exit from the EU are uncertain and it is unclear whether EU rules will continue after Brexit or how. After the UK`s withdrawal from the EU, the support bond regulation will no longer have an effect, but the UK may be able to accept it so that it can continue to implement it by changing UK legislation or introducing a new agreement. This would only be possible if any other Member State agrees, and this issue could not even be part of the Brexit negotiations.
In the absence of the maintenance regulation, it is possible that existing legislation could be used in such a way that English-speaking support orders are recognised and enforced in EU courts, for example before the Convention. B from The Hague. Rayden Solicitors are specialists in the field of international family law with experts and links with lawyers in many countries of the world.