Justice minister wants to introduce tables for setting child support payments

Justice Minister Daniela Kovářová told journalists on Thursday she is assembling a group of experts to begin introducing reference charts for setting the amount of child support in divorce proceedings. Ms. Kovářová also wants a system by which divorcing parents who manage to agree on the amount of child support independently could have their cases finalised by social workers rather than the court, in an effort to relieve the latter’s workload. According to the minister, roughly 30% of divorcing couples reach such an agreement. Ms Kovářová hopes to have the proposal ready for the approval process by the end of the election season, in which case the system would take effect in 2011.