Alimony debtors to be banned from gambling in Latvia

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On Thursday, April 8, the Saeima supported amendments to the Maintenance Guarantee Fund Law, which prohibits maintenance debtors from gambling, interactive gambling, and lotteries, according to the Saeima Press Service.

The ban will take effect on May 1.

The intention is to ensure that child support and alimony debtors do not unduly use financial resources for entertainment and hobbies. There are already a number of restrictions for debtors to motivate them to fulfil the statutory obligation, for example, a ban on the use of vehicles and vessels is applied in separate cases or the operation of a firearm permit is suspended.

The gambling organizer is obliged to identify the person concerned and make sure that the person is not a maintenance debtor. Similar arrangements have already been established for addicted persons entered in the register of self-denied persons.

The amendments also provide for the introduction of a temporary pilot project employing debt collectors to collect child support payments. The project will apply from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022.

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