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to the first class of
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to the next.
Who can apply?
Parents or guardians: A parent or
guardian can apply for child main-
tenance in the magistrate s court.
Such a person can seek an order for
maintenance against a person who is
a parent of the child. A parent or
guardian applying for maintenance
must be a resident of T&T and must
have the care and control of the child
Cohabitants: A person who was a
party to a cohabitational relationship
that has ended can also apply to the
court for a maintenance order. A
cohabitational relationship is one
between a man and woman who, not
being legally married to each other,
live or have lived together as husband
and wife. To apply for a maintenance
order, one or both of the parties must
live in Trinidad and Tobago, and both
parties must have lived together in
the country for at least one third of
the relationship. The applicant must
also satisfy the court that he or she:
• Has lived together with the other
party for no less than five years.
• Has a child arising out of the cohab-
• Has made substantial contributions
(direct or indirect, financial or non
Spouses: The law also allows for
a person whose spouse has failed to
provide proper maintenance for him
or her to apply to the magistrate s
court for maintenance.
When can I apply?
A parent or guardian can apply for
child maintenance at any time before
the child reaches the age of 18 years.
A person who was a party to a
cohabitational relationship that has
ended must apply for maintenance
within two years after they stopped
living together. However, a magistrate
may allow an application to be made
after this time if satisfied that to refuse
it would result in undue hardship to
the cohabitant or to a child of the
A spouse can apply for maintenance
in the magistrate s court at any time
during the course of the marriage as
long as the need arises.
How can I apply?
A person applying for maintenance
must go to the Family Court or to the
magistrate s court in their district,
where they will be given a standard
application form to complete. This
form must be taken to the Clerk of
the Peace at the court.
When applying for child mainte-
nance, the fee for an unmarried person
is three dollars per child. The fee for
a married person is three dollars
regardless of the number of children
the application is being made for. The
child s birth certificate and the home
or business address of the parent
against whom the order is being
sought must be provided.
When applying for maintenance
following a cohabitational relationship
or for maintenance from a spouse,
the same fee applies. It is also nec-
essary to present the birth certificate
of the person making the application
and the home or business address of
the person against whom the main-
tenance order is sought.
Each week, the Guardian Angel column highlights
complaints sent in by you, the consumer, and pro-
vides solutions or directs you to the appropriate
Problem: Rajendra Harry sent in an e-mail com-
plaining about stores that check receipts when cus-
tomers exit the establishment.
Mr Harry said, "I am concerned about the checking
of receipts at the exits of stores like PriceSmart.
"I believe we are governed by the Sale of Goods
Act and goods become the property of someone at
the point where it is paid for, ie, at the cash register.
"PriceSmart and other stores check out all groceries
against the receipts at the exit. Is this something
legal, even if there is no suspicion of shoplifting?"
Solution: The Consumer Affairs Division was con-
tacted to gain insight into this matter. The division
said there are no laws prohibiting this practice, and
consumers choose to enter these stores, knowing the
stores policies in this regard.
If consumers disagree with this practice, they can
choose to no longer shop at these establishments,
or to complain to the stores management or the
Consumer Affairs Division.
Problem: La Romaine resident M Victor said she
purchased a $30 top in a store at Gulf City on May
10.She said, "As I offered my credit card to make the
payment, the cashier informed me that the value of
the top was too low for credit-card use and that I
would need to make the payment via cash.
Ms Victor said stores should have signs indicating
their policies, as it is unacceptable to be informed
of the store s practices at the checkout counter.
She said, "I have also observed some merchants
applying different charges for items being purchased
via debit card/cash and credit card.
"For instance, a bottle of dietary supplements
might cost $63.75 according to the price displayed
on the item. When you reach by the cashier, you are
then told that the cost is now $66.75 because you
This column is not legal advice. If
you have a legal problem, you
should consult a legal adviser. Co-
ordinator: Roshan Ramcharitar
opted to use your credit card.
"They even have the audacity to tell you that it
is too costly for the business to pay bank charges
when a customer uses a credit card, and that the
customer then has to absorb those charges!
"I think it is time merchants act more professionally.
The consumer cannot always operate under conditions
of caveat emptor when shopping."
Solution: The Consumer Affairs Division said Ms
Victor has to report the issue to the bank that issued
the credit-card machine to the store and find out
the bank s policy on the matter, as the bank is the
one to take any necessary action against the store.
If Ms Victor has further questions, she can contact
the division at 625-5829 or 623-3821.
Bottom line: Know
where you shop
Even as you're encouraged to take the
appropriate routes for addressing your
complaints, the Guardian Angel is here to assist
you. You can send the Guardian Angel an e-mail
about your problem and what steps you took to
deal with the matter.
The Guardian Angel looks forward to hearing
from you and bringing some relief to your
E-mail her at email@example.com
Please include your name, address and
telephone number as we'll need them to follow
up with you.
Unfortunately, owing to the volume of e-mails
and limited space, it is impossible to address
every complaint, no matter how worthy, or
acknowledge receipt of every e-mail.
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