I practised family law from 1985 to 2009 and was never so relieved in my life as when I finally stopped. From that vantage point, there were things that I was easily able to predict. One of them was that some men would be driven to suicide by the burdens the law thrust upon them.
Jailing a parent for not paying child support has become a troubling issue across North America. According to experts, the
In 2013, a clerical error landed a Texas father in jail after he received a bill stating that he owed nearly $3,000 in overdue
Children up to six years old will receive $160 per month or $1,920 for the year. Once they turn six, parents will receive $60 per month or $720 per year until the child turns 18. If you are a parent, it can make you excited about your taxes. However, it is not being paid out as part of your tax refund.
A CBC investigation yesterday uncovered that 'deadbeat parents' in Canada collectively owe more than $3.7B in support. As a divorce lawyer for 20 years, it struck me that there is a lack of knowledge of how court-ordered support payments work. Here are three things to think about and two actions that you can take which should help Canadians understand spousal and child support a bit better, help you understand why the divorce support payments situation is such a mess, and help explain why it is not even worse.
They're commonly called "deadbeats" — people who refuse to support their families after courts order them to pay — and CBC
Of course it's romantic to have sunset ceremony with a senorita on the Costa del Sol. But before you start picking out wedding invitations and planning on bringing your sweetheart back to Canada, there is a lot of wisdom in getting the facts about your legal obligations if you to want to marry someone from a foreign country and sponsor them to come to Canada.
Father's day has passed. Now that the hoopla's over and the one day a year we spend honouring dad has passed, let's talk about the importance a father makes in the life of a child each and every day. Too many fathers are labeled deadbeat dads, often out of spite. And their children hear this.
For me, fatherhood began with a text message, followed by me making a 30 minute, long-distance call. Someone whom I hadn't heard from in about two months now tells me she's two months pregnant with my child. Every visit to see Aaliyah is like introducing myself to her for the first time.
There are many articles and much research about the costs of divorce, but it is both the costs of life after divorce and the impact on lifestyle that couples should be considering more closely before making a decision to split -- especially if working it out is at all an option.