Chapter 4: The child support system in Canada: An overview
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Child support in Canada has the social policy objective of ensuring that children do not financially suffer as a result of marital dissolution. Broadly, this policy is based on the assumption that both parents are responsible for the financial support of the child. However, in the changing landscape of Canadian family life, a number of the foundational assumptions of the current child support system are no longer relevant. Furthermore, social assistance recipients do not benefit financially from the policy as it is currently administered in many Canadian jurisdictions. Given that the guidelines for child support in Canada are nearly 25 years old, Canada’s child support system may be characterised as outdated and in need of reform to ensure that the policy meets the needs of contemporary Canadian families.

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