1. Yes, a father is responsible for the payment of maintenance so long as the child is dependent. This includes the period during which the child goes to college. Accordingly, you or your son should seek a variation of the court order for maintenance made so that the father pays maintenance whilst the son goes to college. Get a solicitor to formally write a legal letter to him pointing out his legal responsibilities before an application is made for maintenance. Be aware that you should consider doing this application yourself or your son should. Get some help from the local District Court office or Free Legal Aid www.flac.ie office.