Child Support Reforms Coming Soon to
The OECS family law reform project is now several years old. The result has been the production of several draft Bills that have been circulated to all the nine island states and territories of the OECS for consideration. The draft Bills in question are:
- The Child Justice Bill;
- Children (Care and Adoption) Bill;
- The Domestic Violence Bill;
- The Family Law (Guardianship, Custody and Access to Children) Bill;
- The Maintenance of Children Bill;
- The Status of Children Bill.
I am not sure to what extent this exercise has resulted in any practical legal reform in any of our states and territories. Certainly, none of the draft model laws have been debated in this island, far less enacted. All of the draft Bills contain excellent provisions that we in
As I told the officers to whom I was speaking, none of these reforms will come to the front of people’s attention unless someone lobbies and agitates for them. There is no department of government more involved with these issues than they are. Unless the staff of the Department take steps to lobby with the Mothers’
If you would like to have an idea what I spoke about, you can read my notes for the speech by clicking here.