Canada Supreme Court to Hear Child Support Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review a case from Alberta in which the court ordered four men to pay retroactive increases in their child support. Here’s a story about it from the Edmonton Sun, and another from CTV.

The plan in Canada has been to require parents to notify each other of their current income and adjust child support as their incomes change. The court’s order effectively requires child support payers to “top up” their payments upon review, based on what they should have been paying had they adjusted their child support along the way.

3 comments

  1. MYRTLE LUCAS says:

    I feel that the changes to the support guidelines of 1997 are way too harsh on the payor. And i don not agree that those fathers in Alberta should have to pay more retroactively. The guidelines should be re-vamped with a more realistic expectation for the payors. WHo ever heard of receiving “tax-free money”??? Only the drug dealers get tax free money (and a few other unsavory and unlawful activities) Why should a payor have to pay 10% of his income – plus other expenses (child care, shcooling etc.) and the mother (usually) receives this money tax free? Also access rules have to be changed so that they can be enforced by the police. Too many custodaial parents think that they have the right to keep the other parent away from a child even tho there is an order saying otherwise.

    one other comment…On this website it is difficult to type in this comment area because there is something called “Archives” which lists months –and it hangs down overtop of the comment box so you can’t see that you’re typing on 1/3 of the area.

  2. ketty says:

    Dear Lee:
    I really like your website. It provides a lot information which I think very useful. Please help
    me for the following question.

    I separated and divorced with my ex-wife over ten years ago. a Canadian Provical Legal Aid
    provided free services to her whenever she wanted to modify the court orders. I want to sue
    the Legal Aid because they accepted her applications every single time although her gross income
    was far beyond the Legal Aid reqirement. The time Legal Aid spent on her case was also beyond
    the maximum time they supposed to spend. The participation of Legal Aid made my simple case
    complicated. It was also caused a lot damage to my live and my health.

    Please let me know your opinon on this matter and the chance for me to win the case.

    thanks in advance.

    Ketty

  3. jj says:

    Has there ever been a case where a child who is 18 years of age or older has completely
    withdrawn from one parent–has said they have disowned them for no good reason, has physically assaulted that parent–has been
    denied to receive support from that parent for secondary education? Anything related
    to this topics would be appreciated. jj

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