Getting a divorce may be the most uneventful ‘milestone’ in someone’s life, especially when children gets involved. Some may maintain a healthy relationship after separating with each other while others feel like they’d rather disappear from the face of the Earth than hearing from or seeing their ex-spouse.
Well, for Muslims, even if you’re separated, ex-husbands still bear the responsibility to pay nafkah
(alimony) to their ex-wife and children.
In Malaysia, we hear a lot of stories where ex-wives and their children are not getting the financial support they should be receiving from their former spouse. Most ex-husbands usually carry on with their lives as if nothing had happened in the past and walk away scot-free.
Well, that might soon change.
According to Sinar Harian
, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa is currently in talks with the State Syariah Judiciary Department (JKSN) to discuss the possibility of freezing Muslim men’s bank accounts in the event that they evade paying their alimonies.
The government are considering the move in a bid to empower enforcement against Muslim individuals who disobey court orders.
“We need a bit of authority to act on husbands who do not pay alimony to their former wives. Many ex-wives have no place to forward their complaints to, and there are flaws from an enforcement point of view,” Mujahid said.
“Many divorced women do not get what they are rightfully entitled to when ex-husbands feel they are not obliged to fulfil their responsibility to pay alimony,” he added.
Well, let’s hope that this will be implemented soon as we’re pretty confident that a lot of single mothers out there are struggling to make ends meet.