State mulls further measures against child support debtors

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Latvia could take further measures against people who don't pay child support, possibly revoking their gun licenses, said Edgars Līcītis, the head Maintenance Guarantee Fund in an interview to Latvian Radio April 17.

"We see that debtors own firearms, which are not an essential good," he said.

He also floated the idea of encouraging payment by way of allowing people to pay their base child support debt in a set period of time and avoid paying interest.

Furthermore, he said, Latvia could extend the range of countries in which it tries to collect debts from people who have moved abroad.

There were 37,000 people who owe child support in March 2018, and their number is growing as it has become easier to register a child support request.

However, payment discipline has been improving after Latvia started making child support debtors' names available online and taking away their driving licences.

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