Canadian Child Support Guidelines are Unfair to "Second" Families sign now

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:

THAT, the Canadian Child Support Guidelines (C.C.S.Gs) are unfair to the second families of parents who pay child support (payors).

THAT, the guidelines do not recognize the financial needs of any second children a payor may have in his care (in an intact family) when assigning the child support and extra-ordinary amounts to be paid for the first children.

THAT, the formula which calculates how much child support is to be paid contains 2 assumptions, i) that a payor has no other children in his/her care to financially support and ii) that the payor is a bachelor and has minimal expenses.

THAT, the payor often has to pay extra-ordinary expenses, in addition to child support, considerably increasing the amount they are obligated to pay.

THAT, only the income of the payor is used in determining how much child support to pay, and there are no provisions for ensuring the basic living expenses of the payor (and 2nd children) can be met, after child support and extras are paid.

THAT, there is no consideration in the guidelines for the additional expenses payors incur while caring for their children on their access time, above and beyond child support payments to the recipient, causing the payor to pay twice.

THAT, child support payments are based on gross income, the payor pays tax on the child support as if that income stayed in his/her household. The income is tax free to the recipient and his/her taxes are further reduced by dependent child exemptions and the child tax credits. These tax benefits and credits are not available to the payor.

THAT, government benefits assigned to second children, such as the Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB), are based on the payors total income, without deducting the child support payments which directly leave their household. Thus, second children are entitled to lower CCTB, based on the true incomes in their households. Second families may not qualify for other government assistance as their household incomes are deemed higher than they actually are.

THAT, when the custodial parent moves away with the children, the cost of accessing the children lies with the payor. This can amount to thousands of dollars per year on top of child support and extra-ordinary expenses.

THAT, adult children of divorce are entitled (through the C.C.S.Gs) to have their parents contribute to their post-secondary education. If the child remains at the custodial parents home while attending school, the payor may be obligated to pay both child support and post-secondary costs, up to age 26. Second children do not have this right and supporting adult first children in this manner will result in continued financial hardship for the second family.

THAT, when a payor works over-time, or obtains a second job to improve the financial situation of his second family, this income is included in the calculation of child support. After paying increased child support, paying an increased proportion of extra-ordinary expenses, and incurring increased taxes, the second family is often left with little extra.

THAT, second wives are often instructed by judges in family court to return to work in order to support themselves and their subsequent children, losing their rights to be a stay-at-home mum. Many second wives believe that the C.C.S.G. recognize only the right of the first children to have a mother at home until school age, but this is not an option for them.

THAT, second children (in intact families) are not considered at all in the C.C.S.Gs unless the paying parent claims undue hardship. Hardship claims are only accepted when the hardship is undue, and the second family is in extreme peril, such losing their home. Second family concerns are very rarely accepted as a reason to lower child support and extra-expense obligations to the first born.

THAT, these significant inequities highlight the negative financial and psychological implications of belonging to a second family.

THEREFORE, your petitioners call upon Parliament to revise the Canadian Child Support Guidelines so that ALL the children a payor has a moral and legal duty to support (whether from the first, the second or subsequent families, and regardless of whether the family is currently intact or not) are recognized in the Guidelines in such a manner that payors are able to provide equal treatment for all of their children.


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  • 21 December 2015750. Andrea Kidd
    These changes need to be looked at seriously! City, Province and Postal Code Alberta
  • 20 December 2015749. S C
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015748. Ronald L
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015747. Carolyn M
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015746. Gerald S
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2015745. Cindy G
    please try living my life being a second wife . My child has rights too.
  • 02 December 2015744. Jia L
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015743. Murray H
    As currently written the CCSG and Spousal Support Guidelines violate the equality provisions of the charter for second family child. I have 4 biological children, 2 boys from my 1st marriage and 2 girls from my current marriage. Under the current first fa
  • 26 November 2015742. Cathy T
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015741. Ken R
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015740. Barry G
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015739. Katherine R
    All children have the right to be treated equally!!!!!!!! City, Province and Postal Code Ottawa, Ontario
  • 19 November 2015738. Tara W
    I am a second family wife with 2 children City, Province and Postal Code Fort Macleod,AB T0L0Z0
  • 14 November 2015737. Phil A
    I currently pay $3000 a year for my "first " daughter to figure skate, and barely afford $125 for my "second" son to play recreational hockey. The system is grossly unjust to second families, for ALL of the reasons in the petition! City, Province and Post
  • 13 November 2015736. Peter A
    Unfair as can be!
  • 02 November 2015735. Arthur J
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015734. Sherif S
    Child Support Guidelines are unfair and should be reviewed and revised. Support payments should be split equally for all children of the payor City, Province and Postal Code London, Ontario, N6K 1N7
  • 15 October 2015733. Leon D
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 2015732. Gibbons M
    I support this petition
  • 06 October 2015731. Vanessa B
    I am a single mother now because my husband pays too much child support. My daughter counts! City, Province and Postal Code oshawa, Ont
  • 30 September 2015730. Scott O
    very true i could have abd have had the kids for 3 months straight but still have to pay child support to my EX thats a crock someone explain why i aint no deadbeat dad but come on changes are needed City, Province and Postal Code high river alta, t1v1g9
  • 25 September 2015729. Julia G
    I support this petition
  • 23 September 2015728. Jeff T
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 2015727. Chanel R
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 2015726. Darren M
    Just another Injustice of the System City, Province and Postal Code Prince George, BC
  • 17 September 2015725. Claude B
    AM particularly bothered by the obligation to pay for seconday education. It's not a right City, Province and Postal Code St Catharines, ON
  • 09 September 2015724. Leila M
    I support this petition

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Naomi PetersonBy:
People and OrganizationsIn:
Petition target:
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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