A JUDGE told a stay-at-home dad who owes child support to bring his toothbrush to his next court appearance.
Judge Mary Larkin told him, “You’ve done your duty.”
“I do Judge,” he replied, to which Judge Larkin said: “No, you don’t.”
The man then replied, “Not a Judge at all.”
Judge Larkin had his last words after passing, telling him: “Go out and get your toothbrush ready for the next day. I do not tolerate this”.
Judge Larkin made the comments about the toothbrush after the child’s mother told the Family Law Court her ex-partner contributed nothing to the €4,200 cost of their child’s braces.
The father said he didn’t pay that number because of a reconciliation agreement between the estranged couple that said, before any major expenses were made, there would be consultations between the parties.
The man said his ex-wife “never consulted me” about the cost of braces.
The stay-at-home man looks after his five-year-old child from a new relationship and his current woman is the breadwinner for the family.
The man currently owes €1,610 in child support in his first relationship.
Judge Larkin told the man: “You owe maintenance and you have to pay for it.
“You have the child two days a week – the child has to be fed and watered.”
The man says he can’t afford to pay 50€ alimony for his first child because he has no income. He added that he had been paying €10 a week since his last court date in December.
Judge Larkin told the man that if he wanted to reduce his weekly maintenance claims by €50, he would have to provide a household statement of the vehicles to the court.
The man told Judge Larkin that being a stay-at-home dad “is not a lifestyle choice”.
He said he applied for several jobs and passed interviews. However, because he had previously lost his job, “I was dismissed when it came to the last appointment”.
The man said he could not afford the 50€ per week maintenance because he has no income because he is not eligible for social welfare.
“I am a stay-at-home parent and my partner works full time. She was the sole earner and property owner before we got together.”
In response, Judge Larkin said: “I won’t accept you coming in here saying ‘I don’t have to make any money and I don’t need to make any money because someone is taking care of me and the baby. my other child. ‘. ”
She added: “You have an obligation to work and get a job or get social welfare and provide for the child.
“Obviously you’re being provided so please don’t use it as a crutch.”
In response, the man said, “I don’t use that crutch.”
Judge Larkin stated that arrears involved €700 and the man paid €140, leaving €560 owed.
The total amount arrears is € 1,610. The judge adjourned the case to April.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/judge-tells-dad-who-owes-child-maintenance-to-get-ready-with-your-toothbrush-for-the-next-day-41425914.html Judge tells father who owes child support to ‘get your toothbrush ready for the next day’