A wealthy man has had an order served on him by the court which prevents him from selling his house until he settles child maintenance arrears of more than £78,000.
The man had failed to pay any maintenance for more than 12 years, It was thought that he might try to put the proceeds of the sale of his house beyond the reach of the Child Support Agency, which is now part of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
The Commission sought the order over the four-bedroom property to ensure that the arrears of maintenance are made good.
In appropriate circumstances, the Commission has the power to order the possession and sale of properties or the imprisonment or banning from driving of those who build up substantial arrears of child maintenance.
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