Filipino Parents Who Do Not Provide Child Support May Now Be Penalized

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To ensure that every child’s welfare is uphold, a lawmaker in the Philippines proposed a bill dubbed “House Bill 6079” that seeks to penalize any parent who refuses or fails to provide legal child support without a justifiable cause.

“The welfare of the child is compromised, especially when the custodial parent does not have the means to sustain the needs of the child,” said Manila City Representative Rosenda Ann Ocampo in a statement.

She further explained that apart from emotional trauma, the custodial parent is left with the difficult task of raising the child or children alone.

Photo: A proposed bill in the Philippines targets to protect the child’s welfare against neglectful parents who refuses or fails to provide financial support. (Source: ndvlaw.com)

A proposed bill in the Philippines targets to protect the child’s welfare against neglectful parents who refuses or fails to provide financial support. (Source: ndvlaw.com)

PHL Broadcasting network GMA NEWS reported that the bill makes it unlawful when a parent refuses or fails to provide legal child support within a period of more than six months or an amount above P30,000.

At the same time, a parent exceeding more than a year period with paying less than the amount ordered by the court is considered unlawful, as well.

Ocampo laments that the current laws in the country do not penalize parents who neglect their children’s right to financial support, according to PHL newspaper Philippine Star.

“The custodial parent can only file a motion to cite the obliged parent for indirect contempt for refusal to comply with a valid court order mandating the support provisions,” she said.

Photo: Penalties including fine and imprisonment will be charged to any parent found guilty of the case. (Source: static.news18.com)

Penalties including fine and imprisonment will be charged to any parent found guilty of the case. (Source: static.news18.com)

To address the growing number of neglected children, penalties including fines and imprisonment are proposed against the obliged parent when found guilty as charged.

For the first offense, the penalty is either a fine of P25,000 or an imprisonment of at least six years without exceeding a year. Meanwhile, for subsequent offenses, the bill requires a fine of P50,000 or imprisonment of at least one year but not exceeding two years.

For both offenses, the obliged parent can be charged with a fine and imprisonment altogether. Either way, the lump sum settlement of the total unpaid legal child support must be accomplished.

“Ultimately, it is the child who suffers the most from this conflict,”Ocampo said while citing that the approval of this bill will compel parents to comply with the court order to pay the legal child support.

A child must receive the love from his parents not their hatred for each other. (source:whatwillmatter.com)

A child must receive the love from his parents and not their hatred for each other. 

The bill targets to accomplish its main goal  to secure that any child of severed relationships will still get the best possible care he deserves from both parents.

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