Decision to grant mothers with children custody rights welcomed

Updated 05 November 2014

Decision to grant mothers with children custody rights welcomed

Many Saudi activists welcomed the judicial authority’s decision to grant mothers with custody guardian rights. The Kingdom’s Supreme Judicial Council obliged courts ruling in custody cases, to include the right to guardianship for divorced women who were granted custody.
The council’s decision will make these mothers’ lives easier as the decision enables women with custody to go to the Civil Authority, passports department, embassies, education departments, and schools to finalize all issues related to their children, whether in governmental departments or civil ones.
The only part the decision excludes. is the right to travel with the children outside the Kingdom which requires a Saudi judge’s order. “The request to travel with the child under custody will be treated as part of the urgent matters in accordance with articles 205, 206 of the Sharia pleading system,” the decision stated.
Journalist Maryam Al-Jabir from Al-Riyadh newspaper considered the decision the loudest show of support to Saudi women, and said it worked in favor of families across the Kingdom by supporting mothers.
She added that divorced women suffer immensely in court due to the lack of a personal status law or an executive judiciary to achieve Saudi women’s aspirations of obtaining the rights of custody and achieving domestic stability. According to Al-Jabir, in case of marital disputes on custody issues, many cases remain hanging in courts, unresolved, because of the husband’s procrastination which negatively impacts children, their education and their sense of stability.
Supervisor of the Human Rights Commission in Aseer, Dr. Hadi Al-Yami, said that this humanitarian decision comes as a result of the judicial institutions’ attention to the promotion of social responsibility and willingness to solve problems faced by divorced women and their children. He said the judicial authority observed the arbitrariness of some couples and the way they control the fate of the children by threatening not to complete the legal procedures in registering them in educational institutions, health facilities and others. “This affects the children’s future and might harm their psychological and social stability,” Al-Yami added.
He described this decision as historic, because it gives divorced women broad powers in governmental and non governmental departments.
Wafa Al-Falaqi, a mother in a similar situation, said that people going to court for divorce and custody matters have it the hard way. Even though Al-Falaqi had a court judgment of custody over her daughter, she hasn’t been able to execute the decision for eight years. “My husband is manipulating the issue and delaying the execution of the judge’s order, which makes the Supreme Court’s decision really important for many mothers like me,” she told Arab News.
Dr. Ali Al-Shoabi, Director of The Human Rights Association, told Arab News that the decision comes in light of the growing problems women face after a ruling is made. “Some husbands try to bargain on their ex-wives right to custody by hiding their children’s identity cards, which poses more pressure on mothers,” he explained.


Tatweer opens registration for new academic year in Saudi Arabia

In the next four years, the company aims to provide services for 1.2 million students throughout the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 20 August 2019

Tatweer opens registration for new academic year in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education’s school transport service provider asked families to register their children for the upcoming academic year via their website’s Noor system.
They can access the school transport page on the Tatweer Education Holding Co. website to fill in the required data for registration. The company said that the service will be limited to registered students based on priority and entitlement criteria.
Tatweer said that it had simplified the registration process, which can be completed online or through supervisors of the transport service in government schools.
The company added that parents can communicate with a supervisor for any inquiries related to the service by calling 8001231000 for free.
They can also email [email protected] or get in touch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
In the next four years, the company aims to provide services for 1.2 million students throughout the Kingdom.