OCSE is the U.S. Central Authority for international child support. We work with states and countries to provide assistance to families seeking support when family members live in different countries.
Foreign Reciprocating Countries
The U.S. government has arrangements with 26 foreign reciprocating countries and Canadian provinces (FRCs) to provide child support services. Click on a particular country to access the official reference documents, contact and payment processing information.
International Policy Documents
In its capacity as the Central Authority, OCSE develops and implements national policy for the child support program. We provide guidance to help states process their international cases according to federal law. We also issue guidance for our international partners.
Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support
The President signed the Instrument of Ratification for the Hague Convention on August 30, 2016. The Hague Convention becomes effective about 3 months after the U.S. deposits the Intrument of Ratification with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For more information, see DCL-16-11, IM-15-01 and the resources below.
Parents and International Cases
International cases are complex, and either parent’s place of residence will impact the steps you take to obtain the services of a state child support agency.
Top International Resources
U.S. Department of State - Passport Services and Child SupportU.S. Department of State information about passport denial for child support arrearages
U.S. Department of State - International Child Support ResourcesInternational child support resources from the U.S. Department of State
NCSEA - International Child SupportInformation from the National Child Support Enforcement Association on International child support
OCSE International Program ContactUse our online webform to ask a question
Child Support Worldwide NetworkInformation from the global child support network on international and national child support law
European e-Justice Portal: Maintenance ClaimsEuropean Union countries provide answers to frequently asked questions on maintenance claims (child support)
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