Mar 21, 2014

Decreased income claim must be backed up

Advocate Daily Post

Payors of child support or spousal support often experience a significant decrease in income. A reduction in income usually leads to an increase in the amount of support payable. In many circumstances, the income reduction claim is met with disbelief from the recipient spouse and is considered to be a ploy to pay less support. As a result, the payor spouse must be prepared to properly back up the reduction claim, says Toronto family lawyer Audrey Shecter.

If the payor spouse balks at producing evidence of the reduction, he or she runs the risk of having support levels continue unchanged, says Shecter, partner at Basman Smith LLP.

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