Two recent rulings of the Supreme Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan refused recognition and enforcement of German and Swiss judgments on maintenance on grounds of no reciprocity.
I. First case: No reciprocity with Germany
- The facts
The applicant was the wife of the respondent, both Jordanian nationals. She filed several applications before German courts in Stuttgart, and obtained a number of final judgments ordering payments for alimony to her benefit. Due to non payment by the husband, she filed an application for the recognition and enforcement of the German judgments in Jordan. The Court of first instance declared the judgments enforceable in Jordan in 2009. The husband appealed. The Amman Court of Appeal issued its decision January 2015, revoking the appealed decision. The wife filed a second appeal (cassation).