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16 Can. J. Fam. L. 163 (1999)
A Report from Canada's Gender War Zone: Reforming the Child-Related Provisions of the Divorce Act

handle is hein.journals/cajfl16 and id is 165 raw text is: A REPORT FROM CANADA'S 'GENDER
WAR ZONE': REFORMING THE CHILD-
RELATED PROVISIONS OF THE DIVORCE
ACT
Nicholas Bala*
In the early 1990's Canada began a law reform process to
adopt child support guidelines. Major proponents for the
guidelines were women's groups, supported by governments
that hoped to get more child support paid, and thereby reduce
child poverty and government welfare expenditures. In 1997, at
the same time as the federal government introduced the Child
Support Guidelines, it ended the regime of tax deductibility of
child support and taxation in the hands of recipients. The
change in the tax laws increases the burden of child support on
payors as well as increases government revenues. Fathers'
groups attacked the Guidelines, which primarily use the
payor's income to determine child support, and argue that the
family law system is biased against them. To assuage the critics
of the Guidelines and gain the support for their adoption from
*   Nicholas Bala, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University.
This is a revised version of a paper presented at the International
Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 12, 1999, and at Education
Programs of the Office of the Children's Lawyer of Ontario, June
1999. The author wishes to acknowledge the support of a grant from
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for
the preparation of this paper, and the editorial assistance of Mandy
Aylen, Queen's Law '00.

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