Employees and families of financially delinquent parents are helping them avoid child support payments, said Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.
“No one in society should help people to avoid paying child support,” Ansip said, speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, adding that currently new partners, co-workers and family members are helping deadbeat parents shirk their duty.
He said that he does not support a collective fund for child support, where taxpayers pick up the tab for the non-payers. Ansip said he backed other measures such as removing driver's licenses from those who do not pay.
All ideas are currently welcome to combat the problem, Ansip said, adding a change in society's mentality should be the first step.
More effective enforcement
Lawyer Leon Glikman told Eesti Päevaleht today that stripping a delinquent parent of their driver's license made no sense, unless that person is a professional driver.
Prison sentences and harsh fines would also not help as they would further diminish the financial capability of those who do not pay child support.
Glikman said that the problems lies in enforcement, adding that bailiffs should actively deal with debtors on an everyday basis.