The breach of the alimony obligation can also constitutes a criminal offense, within the limits established by art. 570 Italian Criminal Code (c.p.) which punishes anyone who “escapes from the obligations of assistance concerning parental responsibility or the quality of a spouse”. A penalty of imprisonment of up to one year or a fine from EURO 103 up to EURO 1.032 is applicable to these cases.
These coercive measures are both applied to those who “cause the lack of means of subsistence for descendants of minor age, or incapable of work, the ascendants or the spouse, who is not legally separated due to his fault” (Article 570 c.p.).
In these cases, the Court verifies:
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