Child support for a minor
The Law imposes a common obligation on parents to provide for their minor child, each according to his or her financial capacity.
The issue is settled by the Court following the filing of an application. The determination of the amount of the child support shall be decided based on the number of children, their age and the normal living costs each child has, as well as the expenses and income of the custodian parent and the expenses and income of the parent liable for the child support. Usually, the parent with whom the minor child does not reside is liable for child support since the care of the child is the responsibility of the other parent.
The amount of child support awarded is automatically increased by 10% every 2 years. Furthermore, the parent who has to pay for the child’s support may file an application with the respective Family Court requesting either that the automatic increase of the amount of 10% is not applied or adjusted due to changes to the circumstances.
If such an application is filed, the obligation to pay any amount of increase is suspended and the Court must issue the relevant order within 3 months of the date of filing of the application.
The parent bound by the order of child support may, request a reduction of the amount awarded by the child support order if either his or her financial circumstances or the needs of the minor have changed.
The support obligation ceases with the death of the debtor (the parent who pays the support) or the beneficiary.
Furthermore, the termination of the support order may occur in the event of a successful outcome of a paternity challenge suit or after the child has been adopted.
The child support shall be collected in a manner similar to the procedures of collection of a penalty payment from the parent having the obligation to pay the monthly child support as ordered by the Court. The relevant procedure also provides for the issue of a commitment to prison under section 40 of Law 216/90.
Yes, in this case the applicant/beneficiary may apply for assistance to the Central Authority of the Republic, i.e., the Ministry of Justice and Public Order of Cyprus.
Support for adult children
When the child becomes an adult, i.e., 18 years of age according to the legislation in the Republic of Cyprus, the child support order ceases to apply. Under certain circumstances, however, the adult child may receive an amount as support from the parent after a relevant application is filed and an order is issued by the Court.
In accordance with subsection (2) of section 33 of the Law 216/90, it is provided that “through a decision and relevant adjustment by the Court, the obligation of the parents to pay child support may continue after the child has become an adult, in cases where special circumstances demand that, such as in a case of incapacity or disability of the child, or while the child is undergoing military service in the National Guard or studying at an educational institution or a vocational school”.
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