More than 80% of fathers do not register children
More than 80% of the 130,000 children born over the past ten years were born to single mothers and were not recognized immediately by their fathers when they were registered in the Civil Registry. In light of this situation documented by the National Statistics Office (ONE), Higher Electoral Tribunal judge Jose Manuel Hernandez Peguero has presented the National Congress with a legislative proposal on “Responsible Paternity” that establishes a judicial procedure to identify the fathers of the children of single mothers so that they fulfill their child support, assistance and protection obligations.
The legislation has far-reaching effects. First, the proposal would allow the 158 Justices of the Peace now in place to deal with cases of recognition of paternity, which are currently handled by the 37 chambers for Boys, Girls and Adolescents at the Courts of the First Instance. Second, the Justices of the Peace would establish the amount of the child support, custody and visitation rights. This would change the current procedures in which cases go through the courts, often causing difficulties for the mother.
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