Violation of family assistance duties and abandonment of the family home

Article 570 of Italian Criminal Code, concerning violation of family assistance duties under one definition encompasses a wide range of actions accountable for conscious and voluntary breach of duties of assistance, which originate from the matrimonial bond and from family ties.

Abandonment of the family home is also included in this article, since even though it does not amount to a violation as described in art.570 of the Criminal Code, it does in any case equate to a noncompliance of assistance duties.

Breach of assistance duties in this case refers to the non-fulfilment of the duties prescribed by a Judge in a provision, issued during separation and/or divorce proceedings or during the establishment of family relations in front of a juvenile Court.