MOSCOW, May 20 (RAPSI) — The creation of a register of malicious defaulters of alimony can be an important step towards protecting the children's right to receive all due payments; however, the move needs to be an element of a whole package of measures, Children Rights Commissioner Anna Kuznetsova has said. 

The Children Ombudsman office has repeatedly come out with a proposal to create such a register. Unpaid alimony is always a resource that children have not received for their education and protection of their health. According to the Federal Bailiff Service, last year of all completed enforcement proceedings on the recovery of alimony payments, only 6.5% were executed by debtors voluntarily. At the end of last year, the office registered a 5.4% increase in the number of citizens' appeals regarding the payment of alimony. All this indicates the lack of tools for solving this issue, Kuznetsova noted.

The mechanism needs to be improved. The creation of a registry that would provide for some sanctions or additional restrictions on persistent child support defaulters can play a significant role. But this measure alone will not solve the problem as there is needed an integrated approach. It is necessary to consider other options - one of them may be the creation of an alimony fund, Kuznetsova concluded.