House acts on international child support treaty

The House has passed a bill to make it easier for states to collect child support payments from parents living outside the United States.

The measure puts the United States on a course to ratifying a 2007 international treaty on child support under which participants would cooperate in ensuring that families receive the financial support they are legally entitled to.

The 2007 treaty has been signed by the United States, the European Union and several other mostly European countries. So far, only Norway has ratified it.

The Senate gave its consent to the treaty in 2010 and the legislation, which still has to get Senate approval, would provide the needed implementing language.

Currently the United States has bilateral child support agreements with 15 countries.