April 17, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
A Superior Court judge in London, Ontario has levied a whopping $1.4 million in court costs against the Children’s Aid Society and another $600,000 against a mother in child custody suit. The case stretched over three years taking 154 days of court time and became known around the courthouse as “the case that will never end.” Read about it here (London Free Press, 4/10/14).
But it has. It ended with the father getting custody of his three sons and the mother and CAS receiving harsh rebukes from Judge John Harper as well as the unprecedented orders to pay costs. What began as an off-the-shelf case of child custody with the usual false claims of abuse by the mother spiraled out of control as she did. But despite the mother’s increasingly erratic behavior and bizarre claims, CAS invariably took her side against the father, behavior that is well outside its function as protector of children.
April 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The Office of Child Support Enforcement has come out with its latest information about child support entitled “The Story Behind the Numbers: Major Change in Who is Owed Child Support Arrears.” While there’s some good news, sadly, the bad news remains much the same. And even the good news may obscure facts that many would regard as discouraging. Here’s the report (ACF, March, 2014).
The gist of the piece looks to be good news. Basically, the level of child support arrears going to the federal government is down. As we know, when a mother receives benefits under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (or its predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent Children), whatever child support she receives from Dad goes first, not to the child, but to reimburse the federal government.