Started by no2fembots, Jun 10, 2005, 12:08 PM
Penalities for deadbeat parents doubled
TORONTO (CP) -- Deadbeat parents in Ontario who fail to pay court-ordered support payments could spend up to six months in jail --
and even lose their hunting and fishing licences -- under tough legislation passed Thursday.
"People were actually choosing to go in (for) 90 days and walk away, and still haven't paid.
But NDP Leader Howard Hampton said what's needed is more staff at the family responsibility office and a better computer system, not more jail time for deadbeats.
"The reality is, you do not have enough staff to handle the casework and you don't have the kind of information system that allows you to keep track of things," said Hampton.
"You can talk about putting people in jail and taking away their hunting licence and their fishing license and, frankly, that's all a bunch of nonsense."
Deadbeat parents in Ontario owe at least $1.2 billion in support payments to their former spouses and children, although activists estimate the total is closer to $1.6 billion.
As a payer I find the guidelines to be very fair EXCEPT that if ones financial situation changes you have to pay a lawyer to get the child support changed.