Child support has always been a kind of oxymoron. In Canada, at least. Fathers more often than not either didn’t pay, or didn’t pay as much as they should, all on account of no one had a clue they could afford to pay more, or anything at all. It wasn’t uncommon for fathers, and some mothers in those rare cases, to have a support payment rendered against them based on the income they had *at the time*, and then when they find themselves a better job that pays more, the amount they pay out for support doesn’t increase with their income. Finally, though in my honest opinion hellishly too late for some families, the Supreme Court of Canada wants to fix that. An idea I find myself very much liking, if only for this reason. Yeah, there may be a fair few dads out there who’re seperated from their families solely because the marriage just plain wasn’t working out. But there’s a god aweful lot of deadbeats out there, too, who just up and decide they want absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the kid(s), or the mother. No visitation, no help whatsoever, just make a baby and split. Then, they get told their paying $$$ in child support, and they go either get fired so they *can’t* pay anything, or they find themselves a better job so the $$$ they got told they’re paying doesn’t take away a thing from their own personal income–think an extra bill payment or two. Well, if the SCC has its way, thanks in large part to a couple cases going before them in Alberta, deadbeat dad isn’t gonna get off that easy. If the court decides you’re paying 15% of your anual income for child support, then you pay that damn 15% of your anual income, period. Whether you make $10000/year or $100000/year. You helped put that family together, so if you’re not gonna at the least stick around and actually be a decent father and husband, fine. But don’t go cheaping out on supporting that family. Take some goddamn responsibility for what you didn’t seem to have a problem participating in already. I’m just glad for the sake of the kids involved the supreme court agrees with me.