Male alimony debt amounts to PLN 12.5 billion, according to data from the National Debt Register (KRD). Men account for 94 percent of all debtors entered in the KRD for non-payment of alimony, and their debt represents 96 percent of the total alimony debt and amounts to more than PLN 12 billion. For every 1,000 adult males in Poland, 19 are alimony debtors.
"In Poland, there is no strictly defined alimony tariff. The amount of alimony is an individual matter and depends on the justified needs of the child and the property and earning capacity of the debtor. In such a case, the amount of alimony ordered by the court is very high. They can give such a sum multiplied by the number of children and increased by interest. Often the higher the position and salary of the alimony recipient, the higher the alimony," Adam Łącki, KRD president, said.
Over the past five years, the number of alimony debtors in the 18-25 age group has increased dramatically from 43 people in 2017 to 1,377 in 2022. Alimony debt among young people has increased 37 times: from PLN 393,000 to PLN 14,7 million.
However, the most indebted group of alimony debtors are currently those in the 46-55 age bracket. They have a total of PLN 4.96 billion on their account. Just behind them are 36-45-year-olds with PLN 4.34 billion in debt. In the older age groups, over 56 years old, the alimony debt is decreasing yearly.