Former son-in-law to pay 160,000 in arrears in child support


Nanjing attorneys have been busy tackling an unusual child support case belatedly. All in all, a Nanjing grandmother is delighted that she successfully sued her former son-in-law for the child support payment he promised but never materialized.

A long time ago, in 2010, a marriage was registered in Nanjing between a man and a woman, respectively nicknamed Li and Su. About 4 years later, they had a son, and with the two working, the child’s grandmother, nicknamed Fang, was taking care of the little boy.

Meanwhile, his son-in-law Li arranged to issue a letter stating that he would pay ¥ 3,000 per month to his mother-in-law for his efforts.

Unfortunately, Li and Su divorced in 2019. Then at the end of last year, the child’s grandmother sued her former son-in-law to ask him to pay the money that had been promised to her earlier. , Jiangsu TV reported yesterday.

The Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court ruled that the plaintiff was not obligated to take care of the baby, and the letter of engagement could be regarded as a kind of contract.

Regarding the promised amount of 3,000 per month, the court ordered Li to pay a total of 160,000 for the many months and years that had passed in between. Li refused to accept the judgment and appealed, which was rejected. The Court upheld its initial judgment.

Speaking to Jiangsu TV, Tai Liying, assistant to the juvenile judge at Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court, said, “In this case, the grandmother had no interest in helping to provide for the child, and there was no legal obligation for her to do so. .

Tai continued, “The agreement in question does not violate the mandatory provisions of the law. It is therefore perfectly legal.

Chinese marriage law is very clear on this point. Article 32 of the law provides: “At the time of divorce, … Debts contracted separately by the husband or wife are paid by the party who contracted them”.


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