Enforcement courts order divorced fathers to pay SR180m to children

Enforcement courts have ordered more than 7,000 divorced fathers to pay around SR180 million ($48 million) to their children in the past 12 months. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 September 2018

Enforcement courts order divorced fathers to pay SR180m to children

JEDDAH: Enforcement courts have ordered more than 7,000 divorced fathers to pay around SR180 million ($48 million) to their children in the past 12 months. Courts have also warned those who delay or avoid payments that there are strict procedures to guarantee the rights of children.
A business intelligence platform showed that Makkah region was the city with the highest number of alimony applications (2,657) with the value of SR38.5 million, followed by Riyadh (1,870 applications), valued at SR43.5 million, and Eastern province (969).
The Saudi Ministry of Justice and the supreme judicial council have taken steps to support children in custody and to ensure speedy settlements for them after parents have separated.
The ministry previously said that not paying alimony to children is considered both an act of violence and against child protection law in Saudi Arabia, and those who evade alimony payments will face penalties.


Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group

Updated 09 August 2020

Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group

AL-BAHA: Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Al-Baha region, has inaugurated the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care in Al-Mikhwah to serve over 300 villages and sponsor more than 270 orphans.

The move came during a reception Prince Hussam held for Al-Mikhwah Gov. Naif bin Mohammed Al-Hazani; Saad Al-Omari, chairman of the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care; and board members.

Al-Omari said the association develops the capabilities of orphans so they can become active members of society, achieving sustainable development in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. He added that the association provides financial and moral support to orphans and their families, in addition to helping orphans enter the job market.

The association provides services to over 300 villages in Al-Mikhwah governorate, sponsors over 270 orphans and widows, and provides them with social, educational and health services.

Expenditures during the past year exceeded SR750,000 ($200,000), which was distributed through programs, including food provision, Eid clothing and sacrifice, in addition to operational expenses. Al-Omari reviewed Rafiq’s role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in partnership with the Al-Hussam Center for Humanitarian Services and Volunteer Work.

Following the reception, the governor praised the association’s efforts in serving orphans and widows in Al-Mikhwah, in light of support provided by the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.