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International Maintenance Matters
Persons entitled to maintenance in Switzerland have the right to support from the authorities in enforcing their claims for maintenance if a person required to pay them maintenance fails to do so.
A variety of agreements cover the recovery of unpaid maintenance from persons living abroad, providing a bridge from the legal system of one country to that of the other.
The most important is the UN Convention of 20 June 1956 on the recovery abroad of maintenance (The New York Convention). This Convention has been ratified by around 65 countries.
Cooperation between states is regulated by setting up transmitting and receiving agencies (Central Authorities) in the countries concerned.
- Application procedure (47 Kb, pdf)
Applicants are requested not to make direct contact with the central authority.
- Cantonal Receiving and Transmitting Agencies (40 Kb, pdf)
Federal Office of Justice
Central authority for international maintenance matters
T +41 58 464 80 48, F +41 58 462 42 79