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Women complaining of being owed thousands of $$ in child support- Premier

- laments that suggested amendments to Child Maintenance Act were not advanced by current Health Minister Marlon A. Penn
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said women have been relating to him that their child support payments, which in some cases have amounted to thousands of dollars, are backed-up for months. Photo:
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) Says he is not advocating for anybody to get jailed but fathers must support their children, according to law. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) Says he is not advocating for anybody to get jailed but fathers must support their children, according to law. Photo: Facebook
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has failed to advance suggestions to amend the Child Maintenance Act. Photo: Facebook/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has failed to advance suggestions to amend the Child Maintenance Act. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has lamented that suggestions put forward to amend the Child Maintenance Act have not been advanced by Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8).

The issue was brought to the fore during a panel discussion titled ‘Let’s Chew on the Issue’ which was live- streamed on the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Facebook page on April 6, 2023.

‘Single mothers not getting requisite support’- L. Allen Wheatley

During the discussion, former Financial Secretary and current VIP Eighth District Candidate L. Allen Wheatley highlighted challenges presently being faced by single mothers in relation to child support and the court system.

He said he was made aware of instances where these women find themselves in situations where they have issues receiving child support and there is limited enforcement when their rights are violated.

“A lot of women have actually had other women come to me and relate that single mothers are not getting the requisite support,” he said.

The Premier who was also part of the panel discussion was then asked by moderator Zoe J. Walcott if the government was willing to have a garnishment of wages system in place where funds are taken directly from the payee and why it has not yet advanced to that level, to which he responded that this is already a part of the legislation.

Hon Penn has failed single mothers?

“The Ministry of Health and Social Development and the Magistrate’s Court, they’ve suggested some amendments to the Child Maintenance Act. For whatever reason, the present Minister hasn’t brought those Amendments forward, but those Amendments are supposed to be amendments to try to make the process a bit more efficient and more effective…

“Once the Act came before us, I thought we had the opportunity to be able to examine the issue clearly, [to] be able to speak to some of the witnesses in committee stage, which would be the court manager for the Magistrate’s Court and see really what the challenge is…,” the Premier related.

He too noted that many women have been relating to him that their child support payments, which in some cases have amounted to thousands of dollars, are backed-up for months.

The Premier said he was even informed that the system of payment was more efficient when the perpetrators withholding the payments were “picked up.”

“Now I’m not advocating for anybody to get locked up in the jail but if you have children you have to be able to support your children,” Premier Wheatley said.

45 Responses to “Women complaining of being owed thousands of $$ in child support- Premier”

  • resident (10/04/2023, 10:32) Like (57) Dislike (20) Reply
    Men are not paying child support just like government not paying increments or salaries on time. They're all falling on deaf ears. Marlon was only in for a couple of months. The elections need to come quickly. I'm tired of all the blame game, foolish talk and empty promises. The premier was Deputy Premier, Minister of Education and District representative for three years and did squat. Let him talk that... hypocrite
    • Feed another man.. (10/04/2023, 11:29) Like (67) Dislike (4) Reply
      Some These women are spiteful and wicked..You giving them all this money then your child keep calling saying they hungry, or whenever you see them they looking dirty and bad, only to find out your money is used to feed another man and children whats not yours. This has to be careful sort out, can't rush any law on this matter.
      • really?? (10/04/2023, 13:15) Like (24) Dislike (25) Reply
        And that excuses you from supporting your child/children?? Be a man and do what is right for your child.
      • @ feed another man (10/04/2023, 15:26) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
        Why don't you take the child and give him or her a bath, then go over and cook a nice warm meal. The woman didn't make the child buy herself, you only doing a extremely small part but trying to give funds. How about picking up and dropping off the child to school take them to afternoon or weekend out and do home work with them. That is true child support.
      • @Feed another man (10/04/2023, 15:44) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
        Then buy the foodstuff and take it there. When the child has a doc appt show up and pay the bill etc. You font have to give the cash.
  • Mommy-Struggle (10/04/2023, 10:45) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
    I can attest to facing this issue of outstanding child support, I have been to court 3 times for my child's father to pay, and for the year 2022, I only receive 2 payments, This is a disgrace and a slap in the face from the system, as he knows he is getting away to support his child, to assist in back to school, Doctor's visit, School supplies. I alone have to foot these bills in full and wait 6 months to a year to be reimbursed back on my behalf. A shame how they treat the child support court and so these dead-beat dads take advantage, I wait patiently to hear more on this topic.
    • Kevin Samuels (10/04/2023, 11:00) Like (82) Dislike (11) Reply
      You idiot women make children with losers. And have the nerve to call them deadbeats. Haha you women are so stupid.
      • smh (10/04/2023, 12:09) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
        A man clearly gave birth to you.
      • @kevin Samuel (10/04/2023, 15:27) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
        This site not for virgins and little child like yourself. Leave the grown ups.
      • You spoke a whole lot (12/04/2023, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It says you came from under a rock. I bet you never had any paternal support and very little maternal support. I am surprised you are able to use a technical device.
    • Women (10/04/2023, 13:05) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
      Any woman choose to know that a man is either unemployed penniless men, drinking plenty, liming all over the place, sitting idle, walking with their pants bellow their bottom, pushing drugs with big chain around their neck. If such women choose to go to bed with such pattern of men. The should not be given child support. Let them face the struggle on their own. However, its the child am sorry for. Some woman like this one here have no sense by seeing no good man and going to bed with them. So stop complaining! how you make your bed so you will lie in it
    • really?? (10/04/2023, 13:12) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
      Stop having children for those dead beats!! You did not know he was a dead beat before you got pregnant?? or you was going to be the one that change him?
  • HMMM (10/04/2023, 10:53) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of those fathers will claimed they are not working and in my opinion I think it have some who prefer to stay in Balo than to pay up. I think if they prefer balo they need to be doing something like chop bushes, clean the roadway, clean the ghuts under police watch of course.
    • No money! (10/04/2023, 13:11) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was in VG, and saw at many times men sitting in their cars while the women coming from the boat will load the vehicle with heavy bags for themselves. The wicked men will not even get out to help and guess what the say the man love them. some of these men don't even work. Women stop asking for money, you knew they didn't have any before you did what you do best.
  • None better than none.. (10/04/2023, 11:26) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Carvin, useless., Marlon, useless. None making a difference in no positive way, thats the view of health workers...We have a whole empty top floor at the new Hospital we have another two empty floors in the old Hospital yet Hospital spending about a 1/4 mil a yr in rental space...What a waste of resources, Brainless people. .... We need a rental expenditure audit done ASAP.. Of all that running Its my view thats Either Lorna, or Lou Smith be the next health Minister whichever one wins...We need a woman in health..Men are failures..
  • Systems (10/04/2023, 11:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I really think it's the system that is failing us. We also have a lot of laws on the books that needs amending. Retirement age for social security needs to be 55 or 60 not 65 people cant even enjoy their social security benefits and are struggling.
  • Lay with dogs (10/04/2023, 12:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You will get fleas.
    • be careful (12/04/2023, 12:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of you here blogging need to tell your worthless sons to support their children instead of talking crap. Support is not only in dollars and cents. Some of you mothers need to tell your sons to be there for their child/ren. Stop taking your sons money for yourselves and let him give for the needs of his child/ren. Do not wait until graduation day and show up talking bout that's my child. The mother struggled on her own to make it happen and all of a sudden the worthless sperm donor want a front seat at the graduation.
  • we'll talk (10/04/2023, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the HoN... Lady who was Dep...Premiere,and Min... of health @ one time, what's your take.??
  • Yes (10/04/2023, 12:50) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of the same workers in the court enable them. Once they are friends with the father don't like the mother for a reason, they give them breaks. My child father bragged about knowing a worker there. He says all he has to do is call her and tell her to ger rid of any paperwork coming in from me
    • Child Father (10/04/2023, 15:05) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
      Look at you, you should be saying My Husband. Child father! you dont have any shame. Stop making children for poor and hungry men. get married to a gentle man we have lots of them here. Take what you get and stop complaining.
      • @Child Father (12/04/2023, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you saying that married men always support their children? Are you saying that all men who married are taking of their children, especially when the marriage failed. You need to stop speaking from where you excrete.
  • one sided (10/04/2023, 12:50) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Talk about the system being bias to women. It’s supposed to be equality but the system is bias to women or is it the women sitting on the benches. If John has to pay $300 in child support for 2 children then Mary have to pay the same so them Mary as the custodian parent will have $600 every month for those children. There are good fathers as well as there is good mothers , there are some spiteful vindictive women out there that uses the court system for evil. Start there.
    • @one sided (10/04/2023, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Then if Mary have to pay equal John then John needs to do half of what Mary doing too. like taking care of the children physically, keep them for 3 and a half days and so forth.
  • Yes (10/04/2023, 13:12) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Unless the fathers get to ride out your soul they don’t want to support their children, they must remember the child didn’t asked to be here…but yet when the same child get bigger the father have the heart to say “that’s my child “
    • @yes (10/04/2023, 15:07) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      If you didnt have money and no career, did the child ask you to go sleep with men unprotected? Go take a shower.
  • What!!’ (10/04/2023, 13:14) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Would not be a problem if women stopped having unprotected sex.
    • @wHAT (10/04/2023, 13:39) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
      Do women have sex with themselves to create children? The blame lays squarely on the wilful non-provider
  • stop (10/04/2023, 13:20) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    But yet yall women still making children...stfu and close yall legs
  • oh (10/04/2023, 13:49) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    He really touch this topic?! ... He shouldn't have, just ask the mother of his own!
  • 2023 (10/04/2023, 14:17) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    you know the man does not work and you get big wid child or some ladies have an issue with one child and gone to get breed again

    A man who do not take care of a child should be ashamed of themselves try stand up be top ranking
  • Stupid clowns (10/04/2023, 14:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    Broke @$% ghetto women sitting on the block all day getting children for those broken a@$% ghetto dudes who are also sitting on the block all day. And expect the system to force the broke @$% dude to pay child support while he himself is still living at home with either his mother or grandmother who is just as stupid to be feeding him, his girl and his children? Dshe got one child and the man buss off, then she going to get 3 more for the same man and expect him to pay up..

  • Disinterested (10/04/2023, 14:48) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ah yu want to chase skirts all over the the place. Wel, actions have consequence; if you have unprotected there is a probability that a pregnancy may result. And that child needs housing, food, clothing, medical care, daycare, schooling. Ah yu don’t want geh tek care of ah yu chiren but if and when they blow up, ah yu does up and doing saying he meh Boi or meh gayl.,Ah yu like wife pay up 0r eise keep the ting in yu pants,
  • Am telling you (10/04/2023, 15:19) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Am telling you, as i walk through Road town and look at the dress code of some women. Am in no doubt that some women has no standard and encourage themselves to be lust at by men of low esteem. Ladies it was your choice to go with the worse of the worse bad minded men. Now what do you expect? have you really sit and take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Have you taken a good look at the type of man you are going out with? Ladies you cannot plant coconut and expect Banana. Stop letting hungry man go to bed with you. Stop dressing like slu-s and look like ladies. Let men respect you and cherish you because you stand for principle. If you dress like a Jezebel date Satan of course you and your child will be abandoned in Hell. whet do you expect. To me no money for you, send the child for adaption in a good parenting home. You are both Bad minded. Oh and try to get married to a gentle man.
  • smh (10/04/2023, 19:22) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Woman always quick to talk about child support. There are plenty man who care for their children or child and don’t ask mothers for Ntn. But woman always crying yet they have the latest phones, jewelry around them necks phone etc, hair and nails always done, always out liming while child or children home with the grandmothers. But the system always wana pressure the man. It have man what tell ladies no he doesn’t want a child and she insist in keeping it then wana pressure the man. That’s wrong. If a woman gets a child by a man unplanned that’s ok but 2,3 times na she is the problem, plenty a them is like that nowadays
  • DNA TEST FIRST THEN SEE ABOUT CHILD SUPPORT (10/04/2023, 19:22) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots of woman here and abroad do the same thing...see dude have big chain wonder if he got bank they end up thinking he has bank cause he spend a lil change somebody may have lent to them or its somebody money they holding but they boasting like it's theirs...woman fall for the lil looks and or social status then get pregnant knowing he don't work or even intend to look for one then get mad when he doesn't support the said child....if u know from the jump he don't work abort that child...idc what society has perpetuated...get rid of the child or hold ur tongue and take care of the child without the father....yes some of these same jobless fathers love their kids but they show no effort to support....I have yet to see women take accountability on the single parent household...u have the vagina u make the rules...common sense....but yes a DNA test must be done before they can discuss child support because it's a lot of women who get pregnant for the bum then try convince the man they say they love that it's theirs so now the other man who they didn't want but he has a stable job...they make him pay child support...take accountability then the road to move forward will be paved...
  • Nice guy (10/04/2023, 20:06) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honestly I don't feel for them . Woman in bvi only looking for man who go to bars n have a fat coil in their pockets. But they owe everyone. They fronti g n the woman stupid to go lay with um thinking they going take care of them
    • To Nice Guy (12/04/2023, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I bet you are a product of that situation. Or you maybe one of those weak men who do not take of your responsibility. You are definitely not a Nice Guy. Clean up yourself.
  • lol (11/04/2023, 04:21) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    What about the deadbeat mothers, we have a lot of them too. Some getting bbl and never bought their child a birthday gift.
  • dna (11/04/2023, 06:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    test of the child and alleged father will always validate or invalidate any mother's claim for child support from that tested man.
  • Dead beat dads (11/04/2023, 08:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s the results when you let popular dead beat dudes top of you. I’m sure she and others was approached by good decent man but them swag wasn’t ghetto enough; them always let dead beats who them know can’t support them jump on them only to want good decent men to look after them and their children.
  • Mrs Tubman (11/04/2023, 10:56) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Women, you are free to lay with whomever and whatever but not being discerning about bringing a child into this world is as irresponsible as you can get. These no good men were raised by no good and unable women who did not choose the fathers.
    Birth control is available for the before, during and the after sex.
    The plight and the future of us as a people ,is largely in the loins of Black women. Children are not a must have even if sex is so ...
  • Professional Worker (11/04/2023, 11:52) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I always seem to attract women with kids, and no father in the picture. They act like I'm lucky to be with them, but still wants me to support their children. I had enough of picking up leftovers.
  • The TRUTH (13/04/2023, 16:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money alone cant raise a child. Most of these women just desperate for the money. Why not try and find a responsible man to father your child before you make any man your child father...the children need a male figure in their lifes, not just money...THEY NEED A REAL DADDY.....

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