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Enforcement of Child Maintenance

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A maintenance order may have to be enforced where the payor does not comply  with it.
The Women’s Charter provides a dew options to assist the collection of  child maintenance. The most useful among them is the scheme provided is the Attachment of Earning Orders.

This order is provided for under Sections 82(1) and 88(1), which a separate order is made after a maintenance order had been made. This attachment of earnings order is directed at the employer of the payor under the maintenance, whether a parent or non-parent of a child. The attachment of earning order directs his or her employer to deduct the stated amount form the payor’s salary and to either pay this amount to the person receiving this sum or to the court who will collect the amount on the child’s behalf. This is tone of the best assurances that he child will receive the maintenance sum ordered.

Imposition of fines and garnishing of debts if failed to pay the maintenance sum as ordered
Section 71 provides for the imposition of fine, imprisonment of the defaulting payor or the garnishing of debts owed to him.
Levy Fine: The process for the levying of fines is set out in Section 224 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The levying of the fine or the imprisonment of the defaulter do not result in money coming to the child although they can be psychologically powerful incentives for the payor not to default.
Garnish Debts: Of the process of garnishing debts owed to the payor of the order of maintenance, reference is made to Rule 5 of the Women’s Charter. It is only the garnishing of debts that ensures that some amount of money comes to the child who is ordered to receive maintenance.

Recovery of outstanding amount as debt
Section 74 provides for the recovery of recent outstanding sums of money due to be paid as a debt from the payor.

Should you require legal representation, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co for a free consultation with our family lawyer.
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