Should mums pay towards tracking down absent dads?

Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson

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SHOULD mums – who in most cases bring up children when relationships break down – have to pay to track down absent dads to get child support?

Pensioner Barbara Johnson, 71, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, said: “I don’t think mums should have to pay anything. Dads should be paying anyway. It takes two doesn’t it.”

Peter Codling

Peter Codling

The mum-of-three and grandmother-of-four, who is a retired shop worker, added: “To leave your bairn with no money is just awful.”

Care home worker Amanda Wilson, 23, of Fifth Street, Horden, said: “I don’t think my opinion would hold with most, but I think the mother should have to pay to take the dad to the CSA.

“Maybe if they have to pay then they’d think twice and women would stop having so many kids after one night stands and things.

“If they took their time and got to know a person first then they would know what that person was like before they took the next step and had a child with them.

“That might leave it to adults to start a family instead of children.”

She added: “If you bring a child into the world then you should be mature enough to talk with another person and sort arrangements out. It should be between two people. The father of the child should be paying though, you shouldn’t have a child unless you can both pay for it, and want to pay for it.”

Unemployed Lisa Keir, 28, of West View Road, Hartlepool, said: “I don’t like the sound of that. The woman’s carried the baby for nine months, goes through hours of hell having it, brings it up and then they want money off them? It’s shocking, no way.

“Dads should just be paying anyway, it’s ridiculous.”

Jobless Scott Holliday, 22, of Bruce Crescent, in West View, Hartlepool, said: “That’s bang out of order. The woman shouldn’t be paying. Dads should just be paying up shouldn’t they?”

Peter Codling, 16 (pictured above), a student who lives on the Fens estate, in Hartlepool, said if he did have children he would not leave a woman in that predicament.

He said: “I’ve never really thought of it before but I’d be paying, no doubt about that. It’s shocking if women have to pay to track down the dad.”