DP SME Commercial Credit Bureau in Singapore has collected $1.28 million on behalf of single mothers from ex-partners who did not pay the support ordered by the courts.

The company reported on Friday that it has successfully helped 123 women - out of more than 150 women who approached them - since the service started in June 2011. The biggest payment received was for $180,000.

In Singapore, a person who is owed spousal or child support payments can take the court order to the credit bureau, which will then record the debt and share the information with its more than 700 companies. Those companies include banks, retailers and moneylenders.

People who wish to get help may approach the bureau with a copy of their court order and supporting documents.

The company hopes to help another 500 people in 2014, said its senior general manager Ong Siew Kim.

"While the numbers helped by the bureau are significant, there are still many thousands of women struggling to get the money they are owed from their ex-spouses," she said.
The bureau is operated by credit and business information bureau DP Information Group and its work is
approved by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

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