The child pays

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 February, 1994, 12:00am

I REFER to the article regarding the child support payments being intercepted by the Legal Aid Department for the repayment of legal fees (Sunday Morning Post, January 30).

I am shocked and appalled to learn that Hong Kong child support law is so fundamentally flawed. The Legal Aid Department has no greater right to that money than the mother. If it has a claim for legal fees incurred in securing child support, that claim should be pursued, like any other, by enforcing a court judgment.

Civilised societies value children and should ensure adequate care and financial support for them. The Legal Aid Department has made the US personal injury attorneys and their one-third contingency fee arrangements look like a bunch of Sunday school teachers.