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What are the Implications of Sharing Custody?

Video: What are the Implications of Sharing Custody?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

From the time that the recent child support guidlines changed, so some time in the late 1990’s, I believe around 1997-98, at that time the law changed so it said that if a person had the children 40% of the time or more they can ask for a reduction of their child support obligation. So what ended up happening with that change in law was a lot of people came out of the woodwork and started demanding more time with the children and they were doing it with a calculator in one hand because they wanted to reach the theshold in order to reduce their child support obligations. And in some cases it was a very appropriate thing to do because the argument was I would rather keep the money in my pocket and use it on the children when they are with me than to give it to the other parent and let them spend it on the children. So there was a lot of cases on the issue of shared custody and … (click here for more)

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.