This is an Italian case, but makes interesting reading.
An innovative solution was agreed between parents when it came to child maintenance payments. They agreed the father would pay 70% by way of "credits" which are exchanged for goods and services.
Marco Grazzini, 43, from Tuscany, a broker by profession, had trouble in paying child maintenance to his former wife, so he decided to barter. He is separated from Eleonora, 39, an insurer and, like many fathers in his position, he was obliged to leave the family home, thereby doubling his expenses. “I was struggling each month to pay maintenance for my child so my ex-wife and I ended up arguing.” But then Marco found an answer. “I asked her if she wanted to receive part of the maintenance in credits, which I had maturing.” Marco belongs to a group called Affari Senza Soldi (Business Without Money), an association that brings together tradesmen and professionals willing to sell their goods or services in return, not for euros, but for credits which can be exchanged within the group.