Book Chapter

Family Agreements Involving Children



Beaumont P & Rubaja N (2022) Family Agreements Involving Children. In: Beaumont P & Holliday J (eds.) A Guide to Global Private International Law. First ed. Hart Studies in Private International Law, Vol 32. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 539-551.

In the context of International Family Law, as well as at a domestic level, amicable solutions are widely commended since they let parties solve their own problems and organise their family life. In general, parties are more likely to comply with agreed solutions than those imposed by judicial or administrative authorities, and agreed solutions provide more stability and foreseeability.[1] Internationality creates challenges for enforcing agreed solutions. In the first place, different subject matters are involved, eg, arrangements about custody, contact, maintenance and payments for travel of the children between the holders of parental responsibility, in these family or ‘package’ agreements.[2] In the second place, the different legal systems that could be involved may offer different private international law rules on jurisdiction (including the extent of the parties’ autonomy), applicable law and recognition and enforcement.[3]

private international law; family agreements; mediation; child abduction; relocation; parental responsibility

Title of seriesHart Studies in Private International Law
Number in seriesVol 32
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online30/05/2022
PublisherHart Publishing
Place of publicationOxford
ISSN of series2634-5064

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Professor Paul Beaumont

Professor Paul Beaumont

Professor of Private International Law, Law