Support Payments

March 28, 2018

Filing a bankruptcy or consumer proposal will not help solve support payment arrears. The debt will survive the proceeding and you will need to keep paying that bill. Similarly, if you are receiving support payments they will be considered as a part of your family’s income throughout the proceeding.

Support payments can affect the amount of surplus income you are required to pay. If you pay support the payments increase your LICO threshold by the amount that you are paying, reducing your exposure to surplus income. If you receive payments the payments could place you in a surplus income position by increasing your net family income.

If you are paying support and finding the payments onerous you will need to apply to court for a variance order to change the amount you are required to pay. It would be best to consult with legal counsel specializing in family law.