Delays on child support payments: Hon. Fahie says Government is one of the Culprits

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Child support/child maintenance continues to be a well-discussed matter in the House of Assembly with various Legislators highlighting various points of the matter and listing their opinion on the issue. In the House of Assembly on March 27, First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie raised the subject and stated that the Government is a culprit in the matter as well.

During his contribution to the debate on the proposed Status of Children Bill, the Legislator told his colleagues that Government is abusing children: “We have situations where fathers…have to be carried to court to get child support … A lot of females are complaining that when they went to the court, they’re not getting any money for three/four months and more for child support. But, when they went to the court, they found out that the fathers were paying in child support, but they can’t get it out of the Treasury. So, the very government (is) involved in child abuse, because the mothers cannot get the money for these suffering children out of the Treasury three/four months after they have been paid…,” Hon. Fahie declared.

“We cannot be contributors to the very things that we are trying to eliminate. So now, that action will make me feel that the government is treating the children like the law says – illegitimate, because they are not giving the mothers the money,” Fahie said while contributing to a debate that preceded the passing of the amended Status of Children Act, which seeks to make all children equal,” he went on to say.

The First District Representative, told the House that the issue needed to be looked into and asked that Premier, and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith look at the situation. “I will ask the Minister of Finance to start to look into that, so that the monies that the fathers are paying in with the child support – are received by the mothers at least a month afterwards; not three/four months and still can’t get it. All these are areas that we have to tighten on,” Hon. Fahie said.

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