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Twelve thousand people owe billions in child support

According to a recently published annual report of the Child Support Collection Center 11,948 individuals in Iceland owe in total ISK 14.9 billion (EUR 170 million, USD 224 million) in child support and penal interests.

“The system that we have today secures everyone a monthly payment of child support through the State Social Security Institution […],” CEO of the Child Support Collection Center Hilmar Björgvinsson told Fréttabladid.

“Those who have children are always paid child support, which is currently ISK 18,284 [EUR 209, USD 275] a month, into their accounts regardless whether it was successful to collect the debt from the person who owes it or not,” Björgvinsson explained.

Despite such a high debt the Child Support Collection Center managed to collect 83.6 percent of all child support paid in 2006, which is the best result since 1988, when only 63.3 percent was collected.

There are 11,442 men among the individuals who owe child support and 506 women. Together they have 21,000 children who are entitled to support from their parents.

The Children’s Act in Iceland states that all parents are liable to provide for their children according to their means. Parents not living with their children shall therefore pay child support.

The parents share joint responsibility for their children even though the children may be living in another country, as described on the website of the Child Support Collection Center.

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