Many British Columbia parents remain committed to the best interests of their children. However, in some cases, a divorced parent may hold back on paying child support to punish a former spouse. Sadly, the children may be the ones who are impacted. Fortunately, the custodial parent can resort to the court if timely payments are not made.
Parents who want to avoid paying child support can be resourceful. The family court requires a non-custodial parent to provide a financial statement upon which the child support order is based. Some parents will do what they can to lower the amount of income recorded. Some quit their jobs or go back to school to avoid pay cheques of which a portion may have to be paid to the custodial parents.
A common tactic is to work for an employer who will pay unrecorded cash or other types of remuneration. However, the custodial parent may be able to expose such behaviour. The deceiving parent’s standard of living will likely be an indication of unreported income. The custodial parent may be able to use advertisements offering employment to show that jobs are available for non-custodial parents who claim to be unemployed.
Trying to gather evidence of a former spouse’s real income may be challenging for a custodial parent who may have to work long hours or multiple jobs to earn enough to take proper care of the children. Help and support are available from an experienced family law lawyer who can assess the struggling parent’s circumstances and help find evidence to prove to the court that the other parent is concealing income. The British Columbia family court may determine an imputed income on which it will base a court order for child support — regardless of the income shown on the financial statement.
Source: lukesplace.ca, “What the court do when a father evades child support?”, Accessed on Dec. 17, 2016
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