C-41 and its impact on Non-Custodial Mothers

  1. Non-custodial mothers face a 20 to 50 fold increase to match what is proposed for men.
  2. Since women's income is lower, they will, on average pay a larger percentage of their income in support under C-41.
  3. Separated women are less likely to re-marry, therefore are less able to afford the increases in child support since they are less likely to have a second income to help support the household.
  4. Non-custodial mothers often pay amounts not shown on tax forms to support their children in their household and as voluntary amounts which are not reflected in Bill C-41 tax tables. Consideration should be given to the parenting costs of non- custodial mothers for the time that they have the children.
  5. Perhaps viewing them as financially "incapable" parents, paternalistic judges currently are unwilling to burden women with existing levels of child support. Under the new, higher guidelines, judges may well cite hardship as reasons for exempting women below any significant income. Since judges exempt women in these income classes, men will seek equivalent exemptions. This could mean elimination or huge reductions in child support at the bottom end of the guideline scale.
  6. Privacy concerns: draconian provisions of C-41 which will reveal income and data bank information to a wide array of provincial and other government agencies concerned with support will inevitably also risk violating the tax and information privacy of non-custodial mothers, without appropriate controls.

Report prepared by
Single Fathers' Network and FatherCraft Canada,
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