Modern economies rely on cross-border transactions and the free flow of international capital. More than a third of all financial transactions occur across borders, and that number is expected to grow.
Family law issues are oft en seen as being culturally more sensitive than other areas of the law and, therefore, less apt for harmonisation either within the EU or on an international level outside of it. However, family law cases in general, and maintenance cases in particular, are becoming more and more transnational due to the increasing mobility of people. Despite the diversity of national laws on family maintenance and its cultural sensitivity, the need for coherent rules in cross-border maintenance cases and international co-operation has been recognised since the 1950s by the UN and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Hague Conference). 153554b96e