Chapter 9: The child support system in Malaysia
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Malaysia is an Asian country with a different belief and legal system in dealing with child support issues. In Malaysia, there are three main ethnic groups - Malay, Chinese and Indian - that strongly adhere to conservative family structure and societal values. Hence, marriage and children come in a package, thereby child support issues mostly arise from a dissolution of marriage. There are two legal systems governing family issues namely the Shariah court for Muslims and the Civil court for non-Muslims. Regardless of the type of courts that the rulings come from, the amount will be based on the ability and willingness of the father to pay. The topic of child support however, does not differ much from what has been documented in literature from countries around the world i.e. non-compliance with court orders and insufficient/non-payment for those without court orders. Therefore, continuous efforts to improve the delivery and enforcement of child support are pivotal.

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