As many as 282,000 persons no longer pay alimony, and their arrears increased to PLN 11.4 billion, according to the data of the Register of Debtors BIG InfoMonitor at the end of May this year. In June, another 2,261 ‘deadbeat dads’ were added to the debtors' base.
"The time of the pandemic did not reduce the number of these applications. In the first half of this year, the municipalities added almost 14,000 of new maintenance debtors. This number is comparable to the same period last year,” the report reads.
The problem of maintenance debts affects the whole of Poland, but the most in the Śląskie, Mazowieckie and Dolnośląskie voivodeships, wherein the debt exceeds PLN 1 billion each..
According to BIG data, men constitute the overwhelming majority of maintenance debtors – 94 percent The average debt per person in the country already exceeds PLN 40,000, and is even higher in ten voivodeships. Record holders' backlog is much higher. In the first place is a 49-year-old resident of Mazowieckie with a debt of PLN 640,000. Referring to the research carried out by the Association of Indebted Support Program, BIG indicates that while "ordinary" debtors do not enjoy sympathy and respect in the eyes of others, "deadbeat dads" arouse resentment, disgust and universally declared condemnation.