Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Child Support Spies Down Under

An interesting update from The Australian describes aggressive enforcement measures to be adopted in Australia to secure payment of child support arrears from defaulting payors:

Private investigators will be used by the Child Support Agency (CSA) to spy on parents who are not meeting their child support payments.

The Federal Government says the new measures would help the CSA collect outstanding debts of $1 billion from the current financial year.

...The CSA will now be able to conduct optical surveillance, through private investigators in serious cases where parents have provided false or misleading information in relation to their child.

"What optical surveillance will do is provide visually compelling evidence that some people are not doing the right thing," Senator Ludwig said.

"We can use that visual evidence for court action. We can also use it to encourage parents to do the right thing and pay their debt in full.

"It can stretch from video surveillance, it can stretch to just observation, as well. A whole range of actions can be used."

(h/t - Sandra)

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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