Legality of marriage determines if child support is mandatoryby Roberta Lunghini - 2017.01.23
In Italy, missed child support payments has criminal penalties, only if parents were legally married. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a sentence that had condemened a father even on appeal (first and second) for not having provided his live-in partner with the amount that an earlier Court had awarded, for 50% of the medical expenses and overtime work that the mother incurred while taking care of the child. The Supreme Judges motivated their decision by citing that Italian law punishes a citizen for not upholding economic obligations, only as pertaining to civil unions and upon termination of legal marriages, but not for de facto couples, where children born of these couples are not recognized under the law, and therefore, can claim no protection, under the law.
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