22 Jun '11, 1am

Maintenance defaulters to get bad credit report: By Jennani Durai MEN who default on their spousal or child-main...

MEN who default on their spousal or child-maintenance payments post-divorce could, from now on, be racking up bad credit reports. This means they could have problems obtaining home and car loans, credit cards or in completing financial transactions. The body that will keep tabs on these payment defaults is the DP SME Commercial Credit Bureau. Its appointment by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is made in the interest of strengthening the enforcement of maintenance orders, which is among the slew of changes that have beefed up the Women's Charter. The amendments took effect on June 1. With the changes, other new means of enforcing payment include ordering defaulters to undergo financial counselling and perform community service. A person who is owed spousal or child-maintenance payments can now take the court order to the credit bureau, which w...

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