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  • Pavlo Petrenko: Spousal support arrears worth UAH 5.2 bn returned to children since the launch of #No child left behind initiative
    Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, posted 04 March 2019 15:39

    Due to the introduction of effective sanctions against defaulting maintenance payers in the framework of the initiative, the state enforcement officers of the Ministry of Justice charged UAH 5.2 bln in favor of Ukrainian children. Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko announced.

    According to the Minister of Justice, the collection of payor’s arrears of support is one of the key directions on the agenda of the Ministry. Legislative initiatives #No child left behind, which were implemented in 2018, substantially increased the responsibility of those failing to pay the support and demonstrated an impressive result. Only last year the employees of the State Enforcement Service managed to collect over UAH 4.6 billion of alimony payments in favor of 555 thousand children.

    "However, we do not rest on our laurels and continue to defend the economic rights of the youngest Ukrainians. Since the beginning of 2019, our state enforcement officers have collected from the debtors additional UAH 600 million. Thus, we reached the figure of almost UAH 5.2 billion – the sum returned to children", said the Minister of Justice.

    He stressed that work in this direction will prolong until this shameful phenomenon becomes history.

    "Taking care of children is the responsibility of every father and mother. Unfortunately, many people forget about it. Therefore, as a state, we must remind of the parental responsibility to all those who, without avoiding payment of spousal support, actually commit economic violence against their own children", said Pavlo Petrenko.

    According to him, the Ministry of Justice and the Government of Volodymyr Groysman continue active work within the framework of the initiative "Responsible Parenthood". Currently, in addition to the project of alimony payment, the project on issuing the first documents of infants in maternity hospitals, which has now been transformed into a comprehensive legislative initiative "E-Malyatko", is actively being implemented. Due to this initiative, the parents will be able to get 9 services at once, submitting only one application.

    Apart from those, initiatives that help parents to raise newborn Ukrainians, such as "Baby Box" and "Municipal Nanny" are being implemented throughout Ukraine.