Children Come First: A Report to Parliament on the Provisions and Operation of the Federal Child Support Guidelines

When Parliament passed legislation to create the Federal Child Support Guidelines, a special provision was added to the Divorce Act a provision stating that, five years after implementation (on May 1, 1997), the minister of justice would report to parliament on how well the guidelines were working. Children Come First:A Report to Parliament on the Provisions and Operation of the Federal Child Support Guidelines is the result of this review. The Report discusses three interrelated topics:the setting of child support amounts, the tax treatment of child support and the enforcement of child support orders.

Volume 1 reviews various aspects of the Guidelines and recommends reforms. For analysis of particular provisions of the Guidelines and the Divorce Act, readers should consult the section-by-section reviews in Volume 2.

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