A quarter of separated parents pay no child support to their ex-spouse, although they have the financial means, according to a study published Tuesday by Drees, the statistical service of social ministries.
Such a situation arises when the parent who does not have the main custody of the child or children does not pay the pension due, but also when no pension has been fixed, neither by the parents nor by the courts, according to this study. based on the tax returns of former spouses previously linked by marriage or PACS. Only parents considered to be “solvent”, that is to say having the financial means to pay a pension to their “ex”, are taken into account here.
190 euros on average
When a pension is paid, it averages 190 euros per child. In two thirds of cases, the amount is lower than that recommended by the Ministry of Justice in an indicative scale drawn up in 2010. This difference “reveals that individual situations have been taken into account by family court judges or by parents themselves. – even finer than that proposed by the scale “, according to the authors of the study.
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Logically, the higher the income of the parent who does not have custody of the children, the more the probability that he will not pay any pension decreases: 48% of those who earn between 700 and 1,500 euros per month do not pay anything, more two years after separation, but only 11% of those who receive more than 2,500 euros per month.
Since the beginning of January, the government has set up a “public maintenance service”, which allows separated couples to entrust the family allowance funds (CAF) or Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA) with an intermediary role for the payment of these pensions. This system aims to limit unpaid debts, a situation that affects 350,000 separated parents, 85% of mothers.