21 Jun '11, 9am

Credit Bureau to record maintenance arrears: By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 21 June 2011 1702 hrs SINGAPORE: Those wh...

Credit Bureau to record maintenance arrears: By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 21 June 2011 1702 hrs SINGAPORE: Those wh...

SINGAPORE: Those who fail to pay their alimonies may now be penalised through a black mark on their credit reports. DP SME Commercial Credit Bureau has been authorised by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) to keep this blacklist which it hopes will act as a deterrent against further maintenance arrears. Each year, about 3,400 applications are made to the Family Court to enforce marriage maintenance orders, most of them by single mothers. That has been the average for the last four years, according to figures by MCYS. Often, multiple trips to the court are required, adding further strain to an already stressful domestic situation. Many eventually give up. Now, for a fee, they can apply to have the maintenance arrears recorded under their ex-spouse's credit history. This will show up each time a credit check is done by any of its 700 members, whic...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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