Woman fights court over papers
A single mother is alleging that her children are being denied the benefit of child support by the Family Court.
The woman, Carol Brown*, said that the court is refusing to facilitate the collection of nearly $50,000 in child support because she refused to hand over her original receipts.
"Would you give anybody your original birth certificate to keep? You would photocopy it and give them the original, they verify it and give it back. What is the difference with this. Why you want to keep back the receipts?"
Brown said that she gave the court office more than a week to verify the photocopied receipts, which she handed in with the originals.
The mother claimed that she spent more than $90,000 on the children over several months and is seeking a court order for the father to pay her back half of the amount. However, she must satisfy the court that she has spent the money.
"This is not something that is in law, enuh. It is nothing in law. It's some little policy that they bring up for whatever reason. I have all my rights that these are my legal papers," the mother said.
Attempts by our news team to have the courts administration shed some light on the situation proved futile.
Brown, last year, requested that the Government take away her children. The story was carried by THE STAR on October 28, 2016.
At that time, she told our news team that she has hit rock bottom and is begging the State to take her 14-year-old daughter, and 16-year-old son from her.
She said that had she could no longer feed or school them properly, and their father refused to pay child support.
"I am doing this with a heavy heart, but I have no other option. I have been taking the father to court since 2011, when my boy passed for high school. The judge said that the father should cover half of all their expenses, but nothing came from it," Brown said at the time.
* Name changed to protect identity.