Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies


Courtney Palmer


This paper examines the issue of child support in cases of shared parenting, or shared physical custody, from a family law policy perspective. It is suggested that the current child support regime, as set out in section 9 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines and related jurisprudence, is failing to meet the needs of children and families in transition. This paper outlines and defends policy objectives by which the current regime and alternatives for reform may be evaluated. A review of recent case law reveals that section 9 of the Guidelines, in its current formulation, is practically unworkable and fails to accomplish fundamental objectives of family law policy. The need for, and challenges of, reform in this multi-faceted area are highlighted.

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