First criminal complaints to be filed against delinquent child support payors

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SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) — A civic group was set to file criminal complaints on Wednesday against two divorced parents who failed to pay mandatory child support, the first criminal lawsuits to be filed over child support payments. for suffering children.

Civic group, Yanghaeyeon, said it plans to file complaints with Seoul Suseo Police Station accusing a mother and father of violating the Child Support Payment Enforcement and Support Act. .

These are the first criminal cases for overdue child support payments since a review of the law in July last year made it possible to punish those who fail to pay their dues.

Under the revised law, parents who fail to pay child support can be punished by up to a year in prison or a fine of 10 million won ($7,029). if they do not pay within one year of the court issuing a remand order. order for late payment.

The divorced father in question owes 120 million won in child support. Having failed to make payments for more than 10 years, he received a remand order from a court in August and separately issued an overseas travel ban, disclosure of his identity and suspension of his driver’s license.

The mother hasn’t made payments since 2018 for her two sons who are currently being raised by their father while living in an upscale Seoul neighborhood and driving a luxury car. The civic group said she hid her real address and received her salary in cash to evade payments.

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