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Court warns mother not to use daughter to try to stop eviction

Thursday 17 January 2013

Legal efforts made on behalf of a nine-year-old girl to prevent her and her mother from being evicted from their home have failed, news agency ANP reports on Thursday.

The girl’s lawyer had used an international treaty on children’s rights in an effort to have the eviction halted.

But the court ruled the responsibility for the child’s welfare lies with her parents, not the banks or legal system which have to decide on the legality of the eviction. It also criticised the mother for attempting to use her daughter as a shield.

The bank which extended the mortgage on the property wants to evict the mother and child because the owner has not paid his mortgage for more than a year. The owner is the ex-partner of the mother.

The court also warned the woman the authorities would intervene if she continued to use her daughter as a pawn.

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Readers' comments (10)

Pretty low to use your child as a pawn. What message is this mother giving her child? Not only is it ok not to fulfil your financial obligations but try to use a minor while you're at it...

By Michael | January 17, 2013 4:25 PM

It's not that SHE hasn't paid; the OWNER (her ex) hasn't paid. I suspect this was all part of a plan to get rid of her...So I can't say I blame her really. Although I wouldn't have wanted my ex to also be my landlord...

By CW | January 17, 2013 5:46 PM

Totally agreed. Parents are the first to be responsible for their children's welfare

By tammie | January 17, 2013 6:27 PM

Not enough information in this news bulletin to form an opinion. It is a sound bite.

By me | January 17, 2013 9:26 PM

Michael, that's easy for you to say, you're not the one being evicted. These days it's pretty plausible that the mother (and her ex-husband, in case he is still involved) simply hasn't any means of paying the mortgage, and it might just be that she/they have tried many attempts to prevent eviction in other ways, but have failed, as well as in finding a new (affordable) home. Desperate as she/they may be, this might just be yet another way of trying, as it's after all in the daughters interest too.

By Pee-Tor | January 17, 2013 9:49 PM

Let’s be a bit empathic for a second. Maybe the mother is just trying the best for her daughter in wanting to keep a roof for her. She may have no other alternative.

By Paul | January 17, 2013 11:00 PM

Over capitalism is the cause of more family problems and gay marriages. Mobile individuals and childless people have higher chance to find employment. Those temporary work contracts making lives more miserable for families.

By ufo | January 18, 2013 8:43 AM

So no one cares that 9 year old is homeless this bitter winter?.Way to go news readers.Got to keep that right wing think tank going eh!I'm alright jack.

By Jason | January 18, 2013 9:14 AM

Whatever the circumstances, eviction is fine as long as the social system provides alternative housing. What's important here is that they are not left on the streets.

By Quince | January 18, 2013 10:51 AM

People, please. Whomever has lived in the Netherlands know non-antisocial behavior parents always manage to be assigned to some social housing, they will not end on streets. But they might be assigned to some other neighborhood, and God forbid (!) somebody moves to a place 40 min away by tram/train/subway.

By A.L. | January 18, 2013 11:21 AM

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