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Delinquent fathers in Ireland

There are many fathers today who do their best to avoid paying anything for their children. Usually I see this after a bitter separation when the lines of communication between father and mother have either broken down or are on the verge of collapse.

There are two sides to every story but the only truly innocents in any break-up are the children. A mother may use the children as a weapon to hurt the father who may or may not have been guilty of a marital affair but this is irrelevant when deciding child support.

I have seen violence and abandonment from both sides, morally from my point of view its rarely black and white. However despite all the turmoil between two adults I believe in two certainties, a father has a right to see his children ( provided of course he is not a threat to them ) and that father should pay for the maintenance of those same children.

I am increasingly being told about those delinquent fathers who pay nothing. They seem to think that selfishness is the order of the day and priorities such as the pub, cocaine use and new girlfriends are all that count. Some are claiming they are not working and some are even collecting social welfare while insisting on this claim. In such cases a private investigator may be used.

The subject may be working part-time or is a traveling sales man or a software operative who works from home, not all cases are easy. You cannot entrap the subject. For instance I could not ring a subject and ask him to work for me and produce such evidence in court, it would be regarded as being tainted. He must be witnessed working independently of your interference, this takes time, patience and money to build a case.

There are other subjects who have been filmed parking a van in their own drive with the name of their work place emblazoned all over it. These same subjects travel to work at regular hours and return regularly. At the same time they are quite capable of sitting in the witness box and perjuring themselves.

A private investigator can be a valuable ally in proving your case. He or she can be experienced in giving evidence and quite adept at answering on cross examination.

Make sure you pick the right legal team. The first step is to speak to your solicitor, but don’t settle with the first solicitor you meet. Interview them on their experience in the family courts and make sure he/she understands exactly what you want. Always be factual and try to avoid a nonsensical rant.

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