A father who failed to comply with child support orders made against him has had a share portfolio worth £70,000 seized by the Child Support Agency (CSA).
The man had failed to comply with child maintenance orders for more than ten years and arrears of £40,000 had built up. The sale proceeds of the shares will be used to pay off the arrears.
The case is the first of its kind and reflects a 'get-tough' attitude towards people who default on child maintenance payments. A system of fines for non-payment is also to be phased in for defaulters.
The CSA's action will be welcome news for many parents struggling to bring up children alone without receiving for child support because the other parent refuses to pay what has been ordered.
If you are having difficulty because you are not receiving child maintenance payments which you should be getting, contact us for advice.