"Arrange alimony payments or lose your driving license"

28th March 2014, Comments 2 comments

The government is introducing new measures to up the pressure on those reluctant failing to arrange divorce payments.

A judge will have the possibility to suspend the driving license of a parent, and personal goods can be confiscated for a total value of EUR 15,000.

The service responsible for Alimony Demands (DAVO) comes into action when one of the parents fails to pay his or her alimony after splitting up.

In order to avoid that one of the divorced partners is confronted with financial problems (which could have a negative effect on the child's education), DAVO is paying out the alimony instead.

This only happens under certain conditions, which have now been softened.

The wage limit under which parents could benefit from this, has been increased, as a result of which the group has become much bigger.

The advanced payment is also increased with EUR 65 per child, and EUR 130 for handicapped children.

The measure is intended to protect the children and to prevent child poverty.

However, once DAVO has paid out this deposit, the service has to claim this money back from the parents concerned.

Judges will now have a greater scope to force parents to arrange their payments, Belgian Finance Minister Koen Geens (Flemish Christian democrat) explains.

DAVO points out that the problem of parents failing to pay alimony is growing every year.

At present, alimony payments worth EUR 280 million have not been paid out. It's mostly men that have to cough up divorce money.


Flandernews.be / Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • bubbah posted:

    on 30th March 2014, 01:02:12 - Reply

    how brilliant is that !! ...the spouse can't afford the alimony payments so they take away the driving privileges so the offending non-payer can't get to work to earn money to pay it off ...sheesh !!
  • Tom Leustek posted:

    on 28th March 2014, 16:26:09 - Reply

    Does the Belgium Family Court ever award alimony be paid for the remainder of the life of the payer or the recipient? I am hoping to compare alimony in Belgium with alimony in New Jersey USA. Here a 15 year marriage, with or without children, automatically qualifies the spouse with lower income for Permanent Alimony- which means alimony for remainder of life unless the peoples life circumstance changes. Imagine being married at 24 years, divorced at 39, then paying alimony for the next 40 years until death?