The Agency for the Recovery of Unpaid Alimonies (Agence de recouvrement des impayés de pensions alimentaires – ARIPA), set up in January 2017, ensures the recovery of outstanding (unpaid) child maintenance.
ARIPA can advance family support benefit to a lone parent or foster parents who should be receiving alimonies. It advises and supports parents going through separation. Its website provides practical and legal information and offers the possibility of simulating maintenance amounts based on a national scale as part of amicable proceedings.
Since it was set up, the number of cases of alimony recovery has significantly increased (a recovery rate of 63 per cent in 2018 compared to 57 per cent in 2016). This makes it possible to fight poverty by improving the standard of living of the parents and children who have not been able to receive the maintenance.
Since 1 July 2018, ARIPA’s work has also included issuing enforceable agreements completed by parents which fix the amount of child support to be provided.