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For Immediate Release - September
A University of Calgary Study
Finds Child Support Guidelines Are Based On False Assumptions
And Contain Significant Amount Of Spousal Support
Men's Educational Support Association
(MESA) - Calgary
Calgary - A new study of the Canadian Child
Support Guidelines suggests they are less than ideal. The
research was undertaken at the University of Calgary and
recently published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.
The study, co-authored by Paul Millar a Ph.D.
student in sociology at the University of Calgary and Professor
Anne H. Gauthier, found that the guidelines are unlikely to make
significant improvements in child poverty and are based on false
assumptions. The guidelines produce awards that contain
significant amounts of spousal support as well as child support.
According to the study, the large amounts of uncollected child
support, despite punitive collection methods, are related to
problems built into the guidelines. The guidelines do not easily
allow for changes in circumstance of the non-custodial parent,
and can be inappropriate when ordered. The study contends that
the guidelines produce too many inequities and unfairly target
poor and working class families.
The guidelines, as implemented, produce too
many inequitable outcomes and don't provide a way for these
problems to easily be corrected. Canadians deserve better," Mr.
The study traced the development of the
Canadian Child Support Guidelines and found that mistaken
beliefs and special interest groups led the government to ignore
key research findings. The study shows that child support
represents a major initiative by the government to privatize
The Menís Educational Support Association
(MESA) is alarmed at the unnecessary destruction of
relationships important to children. The finding of the study
should be a guide to the government to improve the child support
guidelines to treat both parents fairly and to guarantee a
positive outcome for their children,Ē says Gus Sleiman president
MESA Tel: (403) 228-6366, E-mail:
Note: The study is not available at
MESA's web site. A copy of the study can be obtained by
purchasing the Journal of Law and Society. The Journal should be
available at most libraries. Ask for it!!