Man told if he will go to jail if he does not keep up with maintenance for 2 children – The Irish Times

A judge has criticized a father for spending a significant amount of money to marry his new partner when he owes more than €20,000 in maintenance.

At the Family Court, Judge Mary Larkin heard that the man has collected maintenance for two children of €22,875.

The working man is in a new relationship and told Judge Larkin he recently married the woman.

Judge Larkin said: “Did you throw a lot of money at it? How much did the wedding cost?”

The man said he required a €3,000 loan to fund the wedding, along with €5,000 in savings.

In response, Judge Larkin said: “Everybody has a right to discretionary spending, but it’s very difficult to listen to a man who comes to court and says you should spend money on marrying another woman but he won’t support his own child or children.”

When the man told Judge Larkin he could not afford an increase in weekly maintenance from €35 to €50 for two children to pay €15 of the arrears each week, Judge Larkin said: “Listen, you didn’t bother paying anything for years”.

Judge Larkin said: “Now you can either make your wife pay it or someone else pay it. You haven’t paid for your children and you’re arguing with me for a fiver. No no.”

In court, the man narrowly avoided being sent to the cells for his failure to pay maintenance when he produced €1,500 for his former partner in court.

When asked why he hasn’t paid alimony, the man replied, “I have no excuse for the judge.”

The man handed over €1,500 to the registrar after Judge Larkin told him: “You will go down to the cells and you will make a phone call and come back up here with a lump sum.”

The husband currently has a maintenance order of €17.50 for each of the two children covered by the maintenance order.

The man disputed in court that he is the father of one of the children, and Judge Larkin told him that he had previously agreed to support the two.

Judge Larkin described the man only having €17.50 per child as a ‘joke’.

Judge Larkin commented: “I can’t even talk about €17.50 for each of the two children a week. A dog would eat more than that.”

Judge Larkin said she wants additional money the next day in court to clear the arrears.

Judge Larkin said the arrears when the maintenance summons was issued consisted of €16,875 and back to school expenses brought it to a total of €22,875 owed and owed.

Judge Larkin warned the man that the new €50 maintenance must be paid from now on.

Adjourning the case until November, Judge Larkin told the man: “If you miss a day you will go to jail.”

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