Council Regulation 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 relating to maintenance obligations aims at ensuring the effective and swift recovery of maintenance.
The Regulation provides for nine standard forms which should facilitate the communication between Central Authorities and make possible to submit applications electronically.
The Regulation applies between all Member States of the European Union.
Denmark confirmed its intention to implement the content of the Regulation, to the extent that the Regulation amends Regulation (EC) N° 44/2001, by means of a declaration based on a parallel agreement concluded with the European Community.
Denmark is not bound by the 2007 Hague Protocol.
Submission of forms to competent authority
Completed forms should be sent to the relevant competent authority in a manner required by the authority. More information on the contact details for competent authorities, relevant national legislature etc. can be found in the European Judicial Atlas section. This page includes a search tool to find the competent authorities to which to send completed forms.
Nine standard forms
Aside from the nine standard forms an additional, non-compulsory standard form on the statement of maintenance arrears was developed by the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters. The aim of this additional form is to facilitate the practical implementation of the Maintenance Regulation, and the effective exercise of citizens’ rights throughout the EU.
The European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters has also developed a Guidance on the use of the Annexes under the Maintenance Regulation that is available in 23 language.
You can complete these forms online by clicking one of the links below. If you have already started a form and saved a draft, you can upload it using the "Load draft" button.
As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State. However, in the field of civil justice, pending procedures and proceedings initiated before the end of the transition period will continue under EU law. Until the end of 2024, the United Kingdom can continue to be selected in online (dynamic) forms for the purpose of these proceedings and procedures. An exception to this rule are the Public documents forms, in which the UK should not be selected.
This page is maintained by the European Commission. The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission. The Commission accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to any information or data contained or referred to in this document. Please refer to the legal notice with regard to copyright rules for European pages.
Last update : 17/11/2022