Statistics show that close to two-thirds of Canadian child support payments are in arrears, amounting to nearly $3.7 billion. In British Columbia, parents owe $538 million in past due child support. While the reasons for these past due payments may vary greatly if more parents exercised their legal options this figure could likely be substantially decreased.
While much of the legal system is geared more toward making sure those who are on the receiving end of the child support payments get their monies, those who are unable to make their payments also have some legal options. The challenge is that it can be very difficult to convince these parents to go into the courts and explain their situations. Many believe that the courts will not care about their circumstances or that they will start enforcement procedures against them by doing so.
Unfortunately, ignoring the issues doesn’t help either. Unpaid child support payments will eventually be acted upon by the child support enforcement agency, and enforcement methods run the gamut from wage garnishment to revoking a driver’s license. To avoid these consequences, it is crucial to talk with a lawyer about your legal options and how best to go about trying to present your case to the courts.
Having experienced legal representation by your side takes some of the stress and anxiety out of the situation and can help ensure you are well informed and prepared going forward. It also ensures that you fully understand the pros and cons of any action and can get all of your questions answered before deciding on an option.
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