Divorced fathers often not paying child support

17th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almost 70 percent divorced fathers in the Netherlands cannot or will not make good on their obligation to pay child support, the national collection agency (LBIO) said on Thursday.

17 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Almost 70 percent divorced fathers in the Netherlands cannot or will not make good on their obligation to pay child support, the national collection agency (LBIO) said on Thursday.

At least 20 percent of these 12,000 cases remain unresolved despite mediation, the agency said.

The LBIO is responsible for collecting child support payments if less formal means have failed. LBIO director Leo de Bakker said on Thursday that non-payment is increasing due to the economic downturn in the Netherlands.

"By the time a collection request is submitted to the LBIO, there is usually a minimum of a month in arrears. Often the arrears stretch back over several months. The situation for the family is those cases can often be said to be distressing," de Bakker said. "Every day of waiting is one day too many."

He said it would help if child support payments were given priority over the other creditors a divorced father may have. "This would be in the interest of both the mother and child," De Bakker said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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