What to expect if your support payment falls below the poverty level:If you or anyone you know has fallen below the Poverty Line threshold, you can apply to the Department of Social Protection to have your payments refunded.
The Department can only give you a refund if you can prove your income has fallen under the thresholds, or you’ve been unable to pay for at least a year.
You will need to give the Department your current income tax return, or contact them if you haven’t done so.
If you are still paying support but don’t have proof of income, you may be able to apply to a court to be notified that your payments have been refunded, but it will only take effect if the Department is satisfied that you’ve not been able to pay your support.
You may also be able apply to get a court order to allow you to continue paying support after you’ve had to repay it, but there’s no guarantee the court will grant it.
You should also contact the local Social Protection authority to check whether the Child Support Agency is working on your case.
Your local Child Support Office can:Find out if you qualify to get supportThe Child Support Association can:Give you advice on child support issues