What Happens After Brexit?
At the moment, we still don’t know if the regulations governing enforcement and recognition will be replaced or reintroduced in UK law and whether all other members will accept what England and Wales introduce instead. If they don’t, there might be huge differences in enforcement depending on the country involved.
Imagine that you went through a difficult, lengthy and emotional process of Court proceedings to decide on your child arrangements. By the end of it, you obviously want to be sure that it wasn’t all for nothing.
But it could be if you don’t consider enforcement and one of you is to live in another EU member country. If not for the current regulations, you could be in a situation when the domestic Court start a completely new set of proceedings and ignores the order made by the English Court for no good reason. Doesn’t sound too good, does it?
We also need to keep in mind that most of the EU countries’ laws are based on each one’s constitution and not on common law as in England. Therefore, there might be significant differences between what types of Order the Court makes here to an Order given by another country in the same scenario. For example, in some EU countries, it’s a lot easier to remove parents’ Parental Responsibility or go to Court to obtain a Child Maintenance Order.