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No problems for Belarus with recovering child support payments in CIS

Society 14.12.2017 | 15:49

MINSK, 14 December (BelTA) – There are no problems with recovering child support in the CIS member states, Belarus' Justice Minister Oleg Slizhevsky told the media, BelTA has learned.

When asked about how difficult it is for citizens of Belarus to collect child support from abroad, Oleg Slizhevsky noted that it depends on a state where the debtor resides. “We have a convention in the CIS. It is in force and there are no problems with collecting child support in the countries of the former Soviet Union and a number of other countries with which we have concluded treaties on legal assistance in civil and family matters,” he said.

Oleg Slizhevsky noted that Belarus has no problems with collecting child support in Russia. Moreover, Belarus and Russia have signed the document that requires no recognition of judicial decisions on child support. In other words, court decisions issued in Belarus are directly sent to the enforcement authorities of Russia. In the same way the Belarusian authorities accept the court decisions on child support issued in the Russian Federation. “In this respect Belarus and our closest partner handle the enforcement documents in the same way as they do in their own territory,” the minister noted.

At the same time, there are a number of countries with which Belarus has not concluded treaties on recovery of child support payments or on family affairs. Accordingly, each case must be addressed to the competent authorities of another state who are not required to comply with our request. Often, as in the situation with the countries of the European Union, our requests are not met,” the minister noted.

On 14 December members of the House of Representatives ratified the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, to which 38 countries are parties. This document makes it much easier for Belarusian citizens to recover child support from abroad.

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