Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The long arm of the law
The BBC reports today a case of an English lecturer at the University of Kent who is apparently being held in jail in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on suspicion of not paying child support. Martin Boyle had travelled to the city to try to see his 16-year-old daughter, who lives with his Brazilian former wife. He is believed to owe 6,000 Brazilian Real (about £2,500) in child support payments, although his family and friends think that the failure to pay was an oversight on his part. Whatever the truth, this is a useful reminder of the 'long arm of the law', when it comes to maintenance. In fact, the mother could have pursued the maintenance claim in this country, and if successful an order would have been made by Mr Boyle's local Magistrates' Court, requiring him to make payment to that court.