Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Saint Lucia To Review Child Maintenance Act

Saint Lucia will be reviewing the Child Maintenance Act as part of a planned overhaul of legislation that pertains to social services.

The disclosure has come from Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment, Lenard Montoute.

Montoute told reporters Tuesday that the Child Maintenance Act has not been reviewed in some time.

According to reports, the usual sum that is paid in Saint Lucia is between $125 and $200 per child on a monthly basis.

The sum has been criticised by the local advocacy group – Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc.

The group’s President Catherine Sealys has in the past asserted that $200 a month will not give food for a day, much less food for a month.

Asked for his opinion in regard to the sum paid for child maintenance, Montoute explained that there is a lot to be done not only in terms of the quantum but also some of the existing policies.

“I for one do not believe that the right thing or the best answer is to imprison a father who is  unemployed and unable to take care of his children,” he stated.

The minister expressed the view that the government should instead put programmes in place to guide fathers into them and deduct the finance needed to take care of the children.

He asserted that imprisoning fathers does not assist children.

“I know it is a hard, long tedious process and of course it is not all entirely up to me. I know the Attorney General’s office has its hands full; but I will certainly be pushing to try to get this legislative amendment done during this term of my tenure,” Montoute told reporters.

 

33 COMMENTS

  1. Finally some single parents will get the assistance the children deserves.
    Only issue now is to ensure that the mothers spend it on the children and not gambling or on bacchanal

  2. Please make sure all monies are spent on the kids and not on carnival, nice clothes and fetes.
    Fathers must be able to report mothers who spend the children’s money on bacchanal.

  3. 91% of these mothers going into the ghetto to look for unemployed fathers for their children because they think it’s cool when their man kill people already, or their man is this and that. Their man is also jobless and they know that but when things not going their way, or d man now beating dem bad, or when he leave them pregnant for another….they running an lie to get back at the man. So it go in st lucia. Nuff of the mothers self have nothing of value that they can teach hence why more w#ores are born and follow the ignorance of their makers. D government self…..all the men want to f$ck every woman they see. D police too…..so once a woman talk…they quick to play super hero then later dem same police officers f!cking or trying to f*ck, calling and talking to dem same women. Nuff police kill nuff criminals in st lucia to f€/k deh woman. They will jail the fathers and still try to f×÷k the mothers of these same children. Fix the F€_King laws and stop being so F■□king bias.

    • Anddddddd even if they go look for them… Does that give the man the right not to feed hes child or children…… If the mother can bend and break to make s*** run for her seeds a man can toooo!!!!!
      #youthinkwecare…..

  4. So, a father making $900 a month who is incurring $600 a month in recurring expense (Rent, utilities, etc) must shelve $200 a month for maintenance (which I do not have a problem with). However, when you raise the amount to $300 per month, for instance, what does have left to maintain himself and his household? The legislators better be careful with this one.

    Additionally, what if there is a total of four children? A poor man, working for peanuts, will not be able to afford $300 per child.

    I am aware of a few cases where the mother use all the “maintenance” money on herself leaving the dependents with nothing.

    • Next time tell him use protection if he know he cannot afford a child! So the man cannot struggle but the woman who has the kids full time,who has to provide shelter, food,clothing, emotional support has to struggle. Miss me with your BS. Only thing i don’t believe in child maintenance is sending a man to jail, but lets face it $200 not even $300 is sufficient to support a child. Now with that said lets not miss the mothers some of them know is with worthless men they having kids, men that already have many that they not taking care of but yet have a child with him. What makes you think your child will be anymore important than the others?

  5. I have not issues with this act being amended but we need also need to amend the minimum wage before this can be law. I think the minimum wage needs to be at least $1500- $1800 a month.

  6. I have not issues with this act being amended but we need also to amend the minimum wage before this can be law. I think the minimum wage needs to be at least $1500- $1800 a month.

  7. Shut up your uneducated mouth. Until you are in someone’s shoes you will not understand hotw it feels. There are plenty of men who are not from the ghettos and who have good jobs and don’t feed or maintain their children. The point is that both parents should share the responsibility of caring for the children and not just the ones they live with. Note well it is not just mothers who are single parents. I know of mothers who up and leave their children with the fathers and don’t give them a cent so it goes both ways. There are also married men who just leave their wives and children and don’t feed them so to say a figure like 95% is far from the truth.

  8. The child support amount should be in proportion to the person salary and should be automatically deducted like NIC and PAYE. However a paternity test should be done if there is any suspicion of the baby not belonging to the father

    • Really. And what if the mother chooses to buy the most glamorous and unnecessary things for the child? Should the father have to pay for the mother’s choices.

      • Once the father/mother pays a fair contribution for the child welfare that is all you can ask. Because the same way the mother can spend the $200 on weave she can spend $600 on clothes. It is up to the paying father to see if the mother is not using the money on the child. He should report her to child services of the family court for child negligence

  9. Shut up your uneducated mouth. Until you are in someone’s shoes you will not understand hotw it feels. There are plenty of men who are not from the ghettos and who have good jobs and don’t feed or maintain their children. The point is that both parents should share the responsibility of caring for the children and not just the ones they live with. Note well it is not just mothers who are single parents. I know of mothers who up and leave their children with the fathers and don’t give them a cent so it goes both ways. There are also married men who just leave their wives and children and don’t feed them so to say a figure like 91% is far from the truth. Further more why can a patent have the excuse that he or she is not making enough to give more when the one who the child or children live with ate the ones with all the burden. Books, uniforms food and personal products on a monthly basis. Transportation in some cases. Some need lessons and what about health care if they fall sick. Then that parent has to cook and wash for the child. See to it they help with homework and take care of them when they are sick. Plus pay their rent and pay their bills where the child lives. I say to people often protect yourselves because having children is a great responsibility and if you are not able to take care of one on your own it doesn’t make sense to have one.

  10. this article gives the impression that only men are guilty of not supporting their children financially. Which is sexist and inaccurate. Lots of dead beat mothers out there. Some go as far as prostituting their children for financial gain.

  11. .. Before all of these child support monies be taken from the fathers.. the government should put measures in place to make certain that the men are truly the biological fathers… make DNA readily available and mandatory!!! .. many men have been imprisoned or demanded to make payments to kids that’s not theirs!!…

  12. “President Catherine Sealys has in the past asserted that $200 a month will not give food for a day” What the hell are you eating Catherine? Steak and caviar.

  13. This Child maintenance law is a double edge sword. The law does not give the father the same rights to a child. If a mother chooses to deny a father access his child, there is absolutely nothing he can do. Why then should be held to ransom for a child he cannot see or raise? What should happen, is fathers should be given equal rights under the law. By doing so then they will be held equally accountable. Perhaps they will think several times about who they take chances with.

    • Some men don’t even want to spend time with their kids. They saying that there is no law stating that they have to spend time with their kids. It’s like they want to **** the mother and then they will spend sometime.

  14. How old does the child need to be so the money goes to child from the non resident parent not to the resident parent ?

  15. Before we go down that road we first need mandatory DNA testing for all kids born on island. Too many sly women out there……

  16. Both men and women should be made to pay…they keep stressing on the men nut many fathers are single parents too. Secondly on amending the laws they need to ensure that the mothers who use their children as weapons again the fathers should suffer consequences. A lot of wicked women demand monies from men and keep the men from seeing their children.

  17. A number of these women complaining about child support but they use that dame monry to go to parties and do nails and hair
    They want the man to sign on the child birth certificate when the know damn well the man is not the father of the child
    The government need to do DNA test to prove paternity

  18. Yes we going to punish who? EC 300 is still nothing.for feeding and clothing a child.But our workers need a minimun wage that dosent exist in planet St Lucia.The only ones that you could control would be the population that works for goverment.You could discount it straight from their monthly salaries.Please include the ladies that decide to change horses,in the middle of the river.Solutions there are plenty,condoms for all sexes,vasectomy for men,remove pipes for ladies,and the cheapest tying wire,for men

  19. Y’all want to raise everything but our salary’s, Gas going up bus fair going up price of food going up, rent going up, why don’t we have a minimum wage in st Lucia, so if we know that your average employee makes $1500 a month, we out here struggling and y’all not focusing on the main issue. We slaving away in st Lucia while everything is increasing yet not one mention of stabilizing salaries. I know some people making $700 a month we can’t live off of that!!

  20. SO IF A MOTHER GETTING CHILDREN SUPPORT SHE CANT WEAR WEAVE OR GO TO A FETES. SHE MUST SHELF HER LIFE JUST TO PLEASE MAN SO WHAT ABOUT HER OWN MONEY. ITS HALF HALF DOME MEN BUILDING HOMES MARRY ANOTHER WOMAN AND JUST LEAVING THE CHILD MOTHER TO FO ALL THE WORK.SHE DAM RIGHT TO WEAR HER WEAVE.

  21. We are so ready to jump down the men’s throats and accuse them of all kinds of things. The reality is that MANY men struggle to support their children while the wicked and vindictive mothers treat the fathers like ATM’s. And if they are not ‘satisfied’ with what he gives, he is denied the right to even speak to the child far less see him/her. Where is the justice for the fathers who suffer when they cant see their kids and walk up and down to te family case workers with NO kind of help. No one imprisons the mothers for unlawfully denying visitation but everyone will cry bloody murder if a father misses even 1 month’s payment. If the system is going to be reformed, let it be equitable all round. Give fathers a chance to prove their financial means so that the court can decide how much he is able to contribute to the child’s maintenance. BUT ALSO give fathers the same rights to the child that mothers have and serve HARSH penalties to mothers who go against the court’s rulings! Its time the BS stops on BOTH sides!

    • People fail to realise the law is flawed as it tries to address two issues. The same law that limits father’s responsibility also limits their rights to the child. It does not recognise fathers and you cannot hold someone equally responsible if they don’t have equal right. The law should be amended to recognise rights of fathers as equals. With that comes the equal responsibility part. You can’t have one without the other.

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