As part of the drive to encourage people to live up to their responsibilities, mothers will be made to name the father when registering a birth unless they can prove that it would be "impossible, impractical or unreasonable" to do so – for example, if they had been the victim of domestic violence.
Once established as the father, using DNA tests if necessary, men who fail to pay child maintenance will receive tough sanctions, including being stripped of their passports.
OK, the bit about "forcing" mothers to give the father\’s name. I\’m sure there will be a rise in claims of not actually knowing.
However, this stripping of passports. Is that actually legal?
We used to get very hot under the collar about the Soviets deciding who could and could not leave the country. I have some vague idea that under one or another international treaty we\’ve agreed not to actually do that….except in cases where there is bail, or a court order not to leave.
So, any international lawyers out there? I\’m sorta assuming that there is a "right" to be able to leave the country. And that non-payment of maintenance (as opposed to, say, waiting for a trial) isn\’t a good enough reason to breach this right. Anyone know?