Are The Federal Child Support Guidelines Fair?

But are the guidelines that bad? Is the criticism of them being unfair fair in itself? And if they are so bad, why hasn’t anything been done about them?

  • The child’s age and the different levels of support this entails

  • Government benefits, both taxable and non-taxable that contribute to child support

  • Non-custodial parental costs incurred during time spent with their children

  • The financial impact of either spouse finding another partner and their child responsibilities in this second relationshi

  • The fact that parents regard their children as valuable, not just sources of cost

  • The fundamental principles of fairness that frame the whole scheme.

  • Fathers believing they deserve equal access to their children and not believing that mothers should be favoured so frequently and heavily
  • Fathers wanting to experience the joys of seeing their children grow up and not just pay for their upbringing

  • Fathers wanting shared custody of the child because it’s a financially more prudent option than letting their ex-spouse get full custody.