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B.C. child support ruling sets ‘precedent’

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Ann Macaulay

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia has ruled that a man’s fluctuating income should be calculated for child support purposes as the average of five years instead of three as indicated in s. 16 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines.

Justice Nicole Garson ruled on behalf of a unanimous court in Harras v. Lhotka 2016 BCCA 246 that it would not have been fair to set the man’s income at the one-year significantly lower income as he had requested. She increased the amount to five...