Supreme Court establishes framework for retroactive decreases in child support

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In denying a father’s bid to have his child support debt cancelled or substantially reduced, the Supreme Court of Canada has established a framework for courts to follow when a parent tries to retroactively decrease child support.

In a recent case, a unanimous Supreme Court upheld an Ontario Court of Appeal decision finding that the payor father owed to his ex-wife approximately $170,000 in retroactive child support payments for the parties’ two daughters.

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