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Reciprocating Jurisdictions to Ireland


Published: March 11, 1996

March 11, 1996 DC96-15


Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce that the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs will issue a declaration, effective May 1., 1996, that all U.S. states are to be considered by Ireland to be reciprocating jurisdictions for the enforcement of child support obligations.

The Irish legislation, the "Maintenance Act, 1994" (Act), provides for the reciprocal enforcement of support obligations with jurisdictions designated as having appropriate procedures for recognition and enforcement of support. The Act sets up a system similar to that established by URESA and UIFSA in the United States. The Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs has the authority to designate which jurisdictions are to be considered reciprocating and has agreed to do so for the United States.

The Irish Central Authority, authorized by the Act, is also the Central Authority under the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction:

Mr. Michael Gleeson

address>Department of Equality and Law Reform43-49 Mespil RoadDublin 4, Ireland

International child support cases should be sent to the Irish Central Authority at this address. The Department of Equality and Law Reform employs lawyers in Ireland's twenty-six county law centers who will provide, without a means test, cost free services for foreign child support applicants.

OCSE is exploring ways for you to access electronic copies of the Irish Act and other reciprocating acts in the near future. For hard copies of the Irish Act or further information about other international child support enforcement matters, please contact OCSE's Division of Policy, Office of Child Support Enforcement, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, Aerospace Building, Washington DC 20447, phone: 202-401-9386, fax: 202-260-5980.


David Gray Ross
Deputy Director
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF Regional Administrators

ACF Assistant Regional Administrators

CSE Regional Program Managers

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