“Upkeep funds beneath the starvation line”

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The Diyarbakır Bar Association’s Women’s Rights Center published a report on “Maintenance Claims in the Light of Court Judgments.”

After examining 97 case files in 2000 for the study, the Center for Women’s Rights presented the results of its report at a press conference in the Tahir Elçi conference hall in Diyarbakır.

Hatice Demir, board member of Diyarbakır Bar, took the floor and stated that the report was drawn up on the basis of the 2 thousand 97 final decisions passed by family courts in Diyarbakır province from 2017 to 2018.

Speaking at the conference, attorney Asl while Pasinli said that while a thousand 897 files dealt with “divorce and incidental expenses,” “alimony,” “increase in alimony” and “reduction in alimony,” a judgment was passed on poverty-related alimony only for women in 342 of these case files.

Stressing that the report shows that parental rights are predominantly granted to women, Pasinli noted that the quota who received this right was 74.3 percent for women but 17.1 percent for men.

According to the findings of lawyer Pasinli, the amount of poverty-related alimony in 270 of the 342 files was between 100 and 500 lira (~ 12-60 USD). In 58 files, the poverty-related maintenance was between 501 and 1,000 lira and in two files it was over 3,000 lira.

Combining the 2017 and 2018 case files, the report concludes that poverty-related child support payments for women were below the hunger line in 334 out of 342 case files, while they were above the hunger line in only eight case files. (EMK / SD)

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