Reinsalu: State should be even tougher on parents refusing to pay alimony
Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) confirmed on Tuesday that his ministry had further measures in the works to increase legal pressure on parents who are behind on their alimony payments.
Earlier on Tuesday provisions entered into effect that will make it possible for courts to take away the driver’s, gun, hunting, and fishing licences of parents who haven’t paid alimony for a period of two months or more.
In Reinsalu’s assessment, these provisions aren’t enough. “Because of this, the Justice Ministry is working on additional provisions to make life more difficult for parents who don’t pay alimony,” the minister said.
The Justice Ministry is planning to have a draft proposal ready in spring. Suggested provisions include limiting the possibility to travel abroad, and giving bailiffs the right to demand access to bank accounts.
Reinsalu said that if there was the suspicion that the debtor’s salary was paid out to them illegally by their employer, bailiffs should have the possibility to assess how large a fair salary should be, and then to demand that amount directly from the employer.