Single parents often have a tough time financially. The fact that child support payments are taken off social assistance cheques in Canada doesn’t make it any easier. Some single parents even find it difficult to pay rent, let alone to properly care for their children.
Child poverty is a problem in Canada, and British Columbia is no exception. In fact, B.C. takes first place in the nation with almost 18 percent of children in the province living below the poverty line. In a province that is known for being financially well off, lobbyists say parents should not have to pawn their children’s toys to get them shoes or to buy fresh produce. Single-parent families living on or below poverty levels should not have child support funds deducted from social assistance funds they receive — something most provinces do.
The British Columbia government lets those on social assistance keep some income over and above whatever the province gives them, but it will not extend the same regarding funds a person (usually a woman) gets from a parent who provides child support. So, earned income is exempt to a certain point but not if it comes to child support. Critics of the policy say this is nonsensical.
Yet, children have rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Some argue this policy violates those rights. Those who aren’t on social assistance and who have children get benefits from child support payments. Children whose parent are on assistance don’t reap those benefits.
British Columbia residents dealing with child support issues may do well consulting with a lawyer experienced in family law in Canada. A lawyer can provide invaluable guidance when it comes to legalities governing child support. A compassionate lawyer will do all he or she can to help with any problems.
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Source: theglobeandmail.com, “Why has B.C. failed to address its child poverty problem?“, Gary Mason, Accessed on Aug. 25, 2017