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The Fundamentals of Child Support

Child support is a hot topic! There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding out there about the law of child support in Canada. What about shared custody arrangements, adult children in university, undue hardship; and so much more? Justice Brownstone gives an overview of these common questions.

Category: Episodes

Tags: child-support, education, family-law, justice, justice-brownstone, law, legal, support

By Family Matters - August 31, 2010


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  • Sally Stranford said

    This episode should be mandatory viewing for all separated parents before they go to family court over child support issues. It gives a much better overview of the law than any brochure or information session I have ever attended. BRAVO to Justice Brownstone for making a complicated topic so simple and easy to understand.

  • Wes said

    Thats all fine and dandy but in the "real" world the lawyers, judges and programs like the FMEP/FRO have to actually be following the law and rules for it to be any good. When the courts rape you blind so that the other children living with you in your home end up suffering and living in poverty then there is a serious problem with the system.

  • Chuck Matheson said

    Fantastic information for separating or divorcing parents. As a Family Mediator I find these episodes touching all the most frequently asked questions during my intake process. I'm buying the book!!! Well done Justice Brownstone! I think a link from my site to this site is order.

  • Alex said

    I find it astonishing that family law professionals (judges, lawyers, couselors) toe the line on the absurd guidelines. It is a proven fact that the formula is based on erroneous assumptions and math such as the payor is deemed to only have single person expenses, and the adjustment for mutiple children, say 3 kids, assumes the custodial parent has roughtly 3 times the mortgage payments, three time the heating costs etc, which is simply not true. Essentially the erroneous guidleines create a winner take all battle, and the payor/loser is emotionally and economically exiled. Recently Australia and New Zealand have had the courage to adress the taboo system and revamp the source of the exploding divorce rates, the carrot at the end of the stick - the extorting support formulas. If only the Attorney General had the courage to read the univeristy analyses and submissions made to the Senate that show the errors of the guidelines, and take the lead of NZ and AUS to fix the broken system.

  • jennifer TH said

    Warning: I have been really surprised with FMEP. It does not guarantee you get the amount on time per month. I have been told that the fact I get any money at all makes our family a success story. It takes until the payor owes 3000. before any action is taking. It is frustrating. Better than going after the money yourself however.

  • Fred said

    Australia, New Zealand, most US states, and even Quebec have much more fair child support laws than Canada, which limits on extreme payments and count both parent's incomes and access time. The Department of Justice claims these tables are a huge success but they don't truly understand the misery that these tables have caused countless men, some of whom have taken their own lives. The Canadian Divorce and Child Support Laws give one parent a big fat windfall and the losing parent, aka the "Payor", gets to be a debtor for life. The winning parent in Canada gets all the parental rights, benefits, tax credits, + tax free income from the "Payor". The Payor a/k/a The Villian is viewed with suspicion as he is obviously incapable of caring for kids and he is obviously hiding money if he can afford a pair of new shoes for himself. The Canadian Child Support "Payor" isn't allowed a second family as the child support tables don't care about the kids in his own house. The tables don't care whether he has medical issues, whether his access costs to his children are high, whether his living costs are temporarily high, or whether he has unexpected extraordinary expenses. The courts and judges, all worship "the holy tables" but anybody with any common sense who looks at these tables would see that for any man earning over 75K that child support in Canada starts to turn into tax free alimony. The Payor is the second class parent in Canada. If you need proof, attend any family court in Canada where a Dad wants shared parenting. Unless Mom is an addict in treatment, he'll be viewed as a man simply wanting to reduce his support obligation. Courts see men as "Payor's" for life. Ask any guy who has other support obligations or is separated and has been paying for two households and still pays child support based on these tables, as he will fully understand how men are treated in Canada.

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