France is launching a new government service empowered to take money directly from parents’ bank accounts that fail to pay child support
PARIS – France is launching a new government service empowered to take money directly from parents’ bank accounts, failing to pay child support, which aims to help many families – most of whom are single mothers Are in leadership – emerging from uncertain financial conditions.
“Thank you” for the measure, a mother of three told Macron, elaborating her personal situation, involving domestic violence and harassment from her ex-husband and deep financial difficulties. “It’s a great relief,” he said.
The mothers who spoke with Macron did not give her name due to privacy reasons.
French authorities estimate that between 30% and 40% of child support amounts are either unpaid, only partially paid or paid too late – placing at least 300,000 families in financial insecurity.
For these families, receiving child support – an average of 170 euros ($ 209) per month for each child – is key.
The measure also aims to curb financial pressures and threats, sometimes issued by deceased parents.
Under the new system, any parent can request a new government service, even if the other parent disagrees. Once in place, the service handles the payment of money until the age of 18 years.
The issue was raised during a “grand debate” launched by Macron in 2019 that France allows the government to express its grievances after protests by the government’s contradictions, the yellow vest, which reflects social injustice.
Macron said at the time, “I came to know the number of women who told me they could not live decently because their alimony was not paid.”
Many countries across Europe are facing similar problems.
In neighboring Belgium, deadbeat parents have been an issue on how the government has taken action by creating a special service that helps people in their legal pursuit owe money and advances when needed.
Last year, the Czech government proposed a program to guarantee payment of child support to single parents, which would go into effect on 1 July. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs estimated that the state would initially cover child support payments of up to 3,000 Czech koruna. ($ 140) About 24,000 children a month. The government will then claim money from those who have failed to pay.
In Germany, half of all children support payment by divorced parents, either not fully paid or as estimated. In cases where parents are very poor, the state provides child support to children up to the age of 18 years.
In Poland, a 2007 law established a fund that pays up to 500 zlotys ($ 134) for children who are not receiving proper alimony. Prior to this, parents can seek a court order to try to get the money, but only 13% of the overdue or unpaid alimony is redeemed.
In many other countries, such as Greece, Spain and Portugal, main recourse is sought in court, which often leads to lengthy delays and costly procedures before any decision is taken.
Rough desserts in Brussels, Karel Janisak in Prague, Kirsten Gresher in Berlin, Monica Skislavska in Warsaw, Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Arijit Para in Madrid, Baron Hatton in Lisbon contributed to the story.