Beginning today, courts can put pressure on parents refusing to pay alimony ({{commentsTotal}})

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Today legal provisions enter into force that allow courts to take away driver's, hunting, gun and fishing licenses from parents who are behind on their alimony payments.

If a parent hasn’t paid alimony for two months or more, the bailiff can caution them that their rights are about to be limited by the court. To do this, they need the approval of the other parent, ERR’s TV news reported.

To avoid sanctions, the parent owing the money then has to pay at least one month’s worth of alimony within 30 days, come up with a payment schedule, or explain why the court shouldn’t limit their rights by taking away their licenses.

If none of this helps, the bailiff then has the right to search the parent’s home and seize assets to be sold in order to get the alimony money together.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn

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