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Hague Convention Forms in Foreign Languages

DCL-19-07

Published: July 30, 2019

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-19-07

DATE:  July 30, 2019

TO:  State IV-D Directors

SUBJECT:  Hague Convention Forms in Foreign Languages

Dear Colleague:

The purpose of this letter is to share translated versions of Hague Child Support Convention case processing forms and other resources relevant to sending child support applications to Convention countries.

Article 44 of the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention sets out the language requirements for international child support applications under the Convention.

Any Convention application and related documents must be in the original language, and accompanied by a translation into an official language of the requested Convention country, or into another language that the requested country has indicated it will accept.

OCSE’s Hague Convention Requirements page summarizes the language requirements specified by Hague Convention countries and includes many foreign language versions of the Convention forms that states require for child support applications to Convention countries. The page also indicates which countries will accept an abstract of a child support order in lieu of a complete translation of the order, and provides international payments information for some countries.

OCSE is publishing foreign-language Convention forms to reduce translation costs for states and will provide forms as we acquire them. As of July 2019, we have provided full or partial sets of Convention forms in Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Montenegrin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.

For more information, see OCSE’s International webpage. See also the Hague Conference child support website and country-specific information provided in each country’s Hague Country Profile.

If you have questions or comments – or if you need a foreign language form that's not available on the website – please contact OCSE’s international team at ocseinternational@acf.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,

Scott M. Lekan
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

 

Last Reviewed: July 31, 2019

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