Raising public legal awareness on minors’ rights to support payments (alimony) is vital for protecting the interests of children

Nov 10, 2016

Protection of family, motherhood and childhood is a state policy priority and a key principal of development of our society. According to the Articles 63 and 64 of the Constitution, "The family is the primary unit of the society and shall have the right to protection of the society and state” and “Parents shall be obliged to support and care for their children until the latter are of age".

A joint US Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project "Rule of law partnership in Uzbekistan" in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan has published a brochure "Minors’ rights to support payments”. The brochure was prepared by the project experts to ensure minors’ rights to receive alimony from their parents.

This brochure provides a thorough introduction to the issues of alimony recovery procedure by initiation of a legal action; determination of amount of child support payment; as well as application to a court for the issuance of a court order or writ. The brochure provides actions and determines type of income subject to maintenance deduction; and it outlines what actions to take in case of evasion of payment of alimony.

The brochure is available here in Russian and Uzbek languages.

There is a number of legal acts in Uzbekistan regulating recovery of maintenance and imposing an equal obligation on parents to maintain their children, which came into force within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and according to the Family Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Proper and timely resolution of the alimony requests not only protects the rights and interests of children, but also contributes to responsible behavior of the parents. Therefore, it is necessary to know how this issue is reflected in the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In order to raise awareness and knowledge of the future lawyers, several publications on alimony and settlement of disputes over the rights of minors according to the Uzbek legislation were presented at the Tashkent State Law University. Rector of the university Mr. Esemurat Kanyazov noted the importance of child rights advocates. In cooperation with the Women's Committee and the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan, the brochure is being widely disseminated among the target groups. 

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