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# Child Maintenance

Last year
Calls for dedicated State service to pursue parents who fail to pay child maintenance
Support services for lone parents have pointed out that the adversarial and costly courts route is the only option available.
A review group comprised submitted a report on the child maintenance system to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys in April, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Support services have said child maintenance is seen largely as a personal, parental obligation and therefore a matter of private family law.
All time
Lynn Ruane: Child maintenance reform would be good for children - and good for the country
Many one-parent families are living at risk of poverty and an overhaul of our child supports legislation is vital to protecting their future.
Bill on the way to fix child maintenance anomaly and ensure parents pay up
Limerick TD Willie O’Dea plans to crack down on parents who fail to support their child.
Maintenance defaulters: 'We have no legal remedies for parents who refuse to pay'
If we are serious about tackling child poverty in Ireland, let’s start the debate around an enforced child maintenance system, writes Louise Bayliss.