Change Support Enforcement

Tell the Provincial and Federal Governments to Change Child Support Enforcement (We will email you to confirm your address before sending):

Tell the Provincial and Federal Governments to Change Child Support Enforcement

To: Justin Trudeau (Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca)
Christy Clark (premier@gov.bc.ca)
Rachel Notley (premier@gov.ab.ca)
Kathleen Teresa Ganley (ministryofjustice@gov.ab.ca)
Suzanne Anton (JAG.Minister@gov.bc.ca)
Jody Wilson-Raybould (Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca)
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin (reception@scc-csc.ca)
Anne.Cools (anne.cools@sen.parl.gc.ca)

Changes to Child Support Enforcement are desperately needed on both the Federal and Provincial levels in BC, Alberta, and elsewhere.

No one denies the importance of child support and all but a tiny minority would argue against it.

The problem is Maintenance Enforcement Programs are ruining many lives and destroying families financially and most definitely emotionally.

The financial burden it places on second families, attempting to eke out a living, and the blind eye of unfairness towards the children that come after, essentially forsakes them.

All too commonly Maintenance Enforcement Programs actively and regularly "bully" the unemployed, disabled and working poor - this contributes to Child Poverty, serious emotional distress and often suicides. Indeed, this is well documented in the media.

The practices of "enforcement" that range from monetary penalties, credit reporting, passport revocation, driver's license suspensions, bank account seizures, wage garnishment and the threat of jail time further increase stress on individuals and their families and attach a stigma to an individual decreasing their chances of being desirable to employers.

In all too many cases people are terminated from their jobs because of MEP action, despite the fact the law is to protect them.

Few jobs do not stipulate reliable transportation and the associated necessity of a drivers license. Most employers will not write a letter to MEP due to the "red flags" this raises, and they move on to the next candidate who is far less trouble.

And while "Enforcement Officers" do not always have discretion, many are often unwilling to show any leniency in unemployed, disabled or working poor cases, even when they have the ability to do so, or when the Payor/Debtor has a good payment record.

Legal resources to combat these actions are limited in quality or unavailable due to funding cuts leaving the layperson to face the intimidating and confusing legal quagmire.

In cases of alienation, no enforcement action whatsoever is ever imposed upon the other party, unlike the State of Utah.

Increasingly many are struggling to pay for adults, who are not living at home or in full time school. MEP accepts little to no concrete proof, or false information, to substantiate the claim and continue Enforcement.

Politically many of you do not want to acknowledge these issues and either do not respond to these facts or reply with form letters of little substance and even less action.

We implore you to form a special Federal/Provincial task-force with both members of government and the public to study and work towards reform.

I appreciate your attention to this extremely important matter and look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

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