Thanks for your support everyone. The guidelines are provincially mandated, so it turns out I have to petition Kathleen Wynne. I'll keep you all posted!
A call for reform to Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to make changes to the child support laws to reflect child tax benefits paid to recipient parents.
Canada's Child Support Guidelines should consider the expenses of raising children of subsequent relationships in determining child support obligations for first families. There are compelling reasons to call for additional legislative flexibility as to the quantum of support payable under the Guidelines in clear circumstances where the financial well-being of the children of a later relationship is genuinely compromised by a parent's onerous child support obligations to a first family.
The law of child support should be predictable and standardized, to the extent possible. This was, and remains, the great strength of the Guideline system.
The financial resources of support-payors, however, are often limited, if not entirely strapped. The pie must be shared more fairly.
Support-paying parents have a legal and moral obligation to provide financially for the children of their "second" families. The Guidelines should not be blind to these responsibilities, and too often, they are.
Currently, Canada's child tax credits and support guidelines favour support receiving households disproportionately, as outlined in the following report:
We, the undersigned, call the Federal Government of Canada to make changes to the Federal Child Support Guidelines, to reflect the income tax benefits and other credits received by support-recipient parents and find more equitable means of accounting for the tax credits (including UCCB) that benefit both the recipient and payer parents proportional contribution to the childs expenses, as well as guidelines that take into account all children of payor parents, as to not diporportionaly advantage some children over others, in keeping with the recommendations in the following report: http://www.canadacourtwatch.com/files/all/Effects_of_child_support_2008.pdf
The Reform Canada’s Federal Child Support Guidelines petition to House of Commons, Federal Government of Canada was written by Support Reform and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.