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
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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.


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.