Saudi Arabia’s enforcement courts ordered more than 7000 evading fathers to pay around 180 million riyals ($48 million) to their children over the past twelve months.
The courts also warned that those who delay or avoid payments would have to adhere to strict procedures to guarantee the rights of the children.
Business intelligence platform showed that the Mecca region was on top of the list of cities with the highest number of alimony applications reaching 2657 applications with a value of 38.5 million riyals, followed by Riyadh with 1870 applications valued at 43.5 million riyals, then comes the Eastern province with 969 applications.
The Saudi ministry of justice and the supreme judicial council have taken a number of steps to support children under custody and ensure speedy settlements for them after their parents are separated.
The ministry of justice previously announced that not paying alimony to children is considered to be an act of violence and a violation of child protection laws in Saudi Arabia, adding that those who evade alimony payments will face strict penalties.