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?
Example of How Child Support Guidelines Discriminate against Children
Child Support Duration and Age of Majority
Child Support Problems need to be Reformed
to establish a fair standard of support for children that ensures that they continue to benefit from the financial means of both spouses after separation;
to reduce conflict and tension between spouses by making the calculation of child support orders more objective;
to improve the efficiency of the legal process by giving courts and spouses guidance in setting the levels of child support orders and encouraging settlement; and
to ensure consistent treatment of spouses and children who are in similar circumstances.
For those families that need the money most, i.e. Where the custodial parent is out of work or makes less than the non- custodial parent, the actual tax paid to the government (remember finance minister Paul Martin) is significantly higher taking even more money from the kids and the family in crises. This was estimated to be over $1Billion by 2002. Is this in the kids best interest?
Costs related to support children living with the support paying parent are not included in the formula.
Costs for non-custodial parents (fathers) to maintain relationship with their kids.
Costs such as transportation and other expenses required to earn monies to pay support in the first place.
Although spousal support is separate from Child Support the formula used is based on income equalization which already includes spousal support with the result of double payment for spousal support.
Every time a change is made within the constraints of the guidelines it again requires expensive and destructive court action.
Gains from monies already equalized and invested are subject to further support.