Sunday 12 July, 2020

British Virgin Islands Premier: Pay up, or else...

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Make your child support payments on-time, or else…

A stern warning from the Premier of the  British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie to fathers who habitually shirk their responsibility to contribute to their child/children's day-to-day expenses.

During a press conference on Monday, he revealed government's plan to introduce legislation which prevents delinquent fathers from leaving the territory until all outstanding child support payments have been made.

“I do not know why men go and get children and then don’t support them. I have an issue with that. So, one of the legislation that we are going to bring forward within the next quarter or so of this year, is that they can’t leave the territory ever again until they pay off their bill,” he said.

Premier Fahie said the government will use all the resources at their disposal to ensure that delinquent fathers do right by their children. He said local e-government systems will be used to monitor all state-related transactions done by these individuals.

“Say they have to pay Social Security to get a contract, with the e-government legislation that we are doing, their name will pop up that they owe Inland Revenue or they owe somewhere else. You are not getting nothing until you pay up that child support and all those other things,” he said.

The Premier said neglect in any form is detrimental to children’s development and it’s too often the case that they turn to a life of crime because of the absence of a father figure in their formative years.

“We have to understand that when we get children and we don’t support them we are putting them to be a burden on society and asking a lady to do all of that, to raise children and to get monies, that is too much and I don’t take that lightly.”

Premier Fahie said if all goes as planned, this legislation will take effect before June of this year.

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