Monday 19 February 2018

Martina Devlin: Separated parents must put children's rights first

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It was all I could do not to tap her on the shoulder and remonstrate with her. The woman queuing ahead of me was describing to a companion how she brought her ex-husband to heel.

"I wouldn't let him see his son until he paid up -- the washing machine was broken and I was fed up waiting for the money to buy a new one," she said. "He's supposed to have him on Saturdays. But every week for a month I found ways of putting him off. I said the boy was sick, or he'd been invited to a birthday party.

"Eventually my ex got the message and brought his maintenance payments up to date. I got my washing machine and he got to spend time with his child. The trouble with him is he wants all the rights but none of the responsibilities."

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