Disparities in maintenance obligations for divorced parents

Disparities in maintenance obligations for divorced parents

There remains a “grey area” in Belgium as to the amounts allocated for maintenance payments, for parents who have been through divorce proceedings. The regions say that payments for two children vary between 33 and 500 euros in Wallonia, and between 38 and 600 euros in Flanders. Researchers from the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Elke Claessens and Dimitri Mortelmans, have reviewed the tax returns of nearly 2,500 divorced couples. Elke Claessens confirms that, “There are various systems in Belgium to determine the amount of maintenance payable.” She goes on, “The…

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Ministers of Wallonia-Brussels Federation will not reduce their salary

Ministers of Wallonia-Brussels Federation will not reduce their salary

The government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has no intention of reducing ministerial salaries by 10%. This was indicated by the Minister-President, Rudy Demotte (PS). This is unlike the decision by the new majority coalition (MR-cdH) within the Wallonia region in this regard. Tabled by the cdH during the development of the 2018 budget, the proposal was, however, rejected by its Socialist partner. Questioned upon this point, on Wednesday, during a plenary session of the parliament by Gilles Mouyard (MR), Mr Demotte stated that no “consensus” had been found upon the…

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Shifting weather patterns expected through to the weekend

Shifting weather patterns expected through to the weekend

The rainy weather will move away from the east of the country on Thursday afternoon, leaving generally dry weather behind it, the Royal Meteorological Institute, IRM, said on Thursday around midday. A few showers coming in from the North Sea could, however, drift towards areas on the Dutch border. Temperatures will range between 10° and 11° in the Ardennes and 15° to 16° in the plains. The wind, blowing in from the northwest, will be moderate to quite high, with gusts of up to 60 km/hr. along the coast. The…

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For Brussels, the priority is getting an internal dialogue going in Spain

For Brussels, the priority is getting an internal dialogue going in Spain

Brussels is encouraging Spain to organize an internal dialogue to solve the institutional crisis that has wracked it following Sunday’s referendum in Catalonia, which Madrid sees as unconstitutional. The question of European Union (EU) accompaniment has been raised, but “right now I do not yet support international mediation; the priority now is internal dialogue,” Prime Minister Charles Michel told the Belgian Chamber on Thursday. “Perhaps this position will need to be assessed ultimately, depending on developments and the state of affairs,” added the Belgian Prime Minister, pointing to the European…

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