Divorced Saudi fathers forced to pay SR52 million in alimony

There will be no difference in payment amounts for boys and girls, but there will be payment differences regarding age and whether they have special needs. (SPA)
Updated 05 February 2019

Divorced Saudi fathers forced to pay SR52 million in alimony

  • Those who evade alimony face up to seven years in prison

RIYADH: Saudi courts have obligated 3,683 divorced fathers to pay a total of SR52 million ($13.86 million) in child and spousal support this year.
“The Justice Ministry sent a circular to all the courts, stating that any father who does not pay child support will face the same consequences as domestic violence,” Majed Al-Khamees, media and corporate communication officer at the ministry, told Arab News.
The Kingdom is keen that families live in dignity after divorce, he said, adding: “Each month, a divorced father is obliged to pay for each of his children and the mother. The amount varies with each family, and considers the father’s financial capability and monthly salary.”
There will be no difference in payment amounts for boys and girls, but there will be payment differences regarding age and whether they have special needs, Al-Khamees said.
Families are a key pillar in Saudi Arabia, and the preservation of the dignity of each member is paramount, which is why the courts should give “top priority to these cases,” he added. Those who evade alimony face up to seven years in prison.

According to official statistic, Makkah topped the list of applications submitted to the courts and the enforcement services concerning the provision of maintenance with 1,274 applications worth SR16.5 million, followed by Riyadh with 972 applications worth SR16.4 million and then the Eastern Province with 538 applications.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.