Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The numbers of civil cases heard by the courts in Timor-Leste have been increasing annually including related to spousal abandonment and/or divorce, according to organization Women and Children's Legal Aid (AlFela).

AlFela Director Merita Correia said abandonment cases have increased due to the high number of adultery instances by husbands.

AlFela has provided legal assistance to the 39 such cases in 2016, with most cases being for spouses asking for alimony or some other types of support after divorce.
AlFela Director Merita Correia said abandonment cases have increased due to the high number of adultery instances by husbands.
She urged the responsible entities, especially the leadership to look at the issue of prevention because this is adversely affecting women and children and will affect the future of the country.
She believes a strong country requires strong families.
"Adultery has a big impact on our children," she said in Vila-Verde, Dili.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Women’s Forum Communication Timor-Leste (FOKUPERS), Marilia Alves said adultery causes other problems within families.
"Adultery leads to domestic violence," she said.
Based on FOKUPERS experience with the victims of domestic violence, there is strong causal correlation between adultery and violence within the family.

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