The province has introduced a new service that will adjust child support payments without the intervention of the courts.
The child support recalculation service, announced Tuesday by the Department of Justice and Public Safety, aims to simplify annual child support adjustments for parents whose incomes have changed.
“Going through a separation or divorce is hard enough for families,” Justice Minister Ted Flemming said in a news release on Tuesday.
“Providing this service relieves some of the pressure on parents, lessens the need to return to court every year and allows them to focus more on the well-being of their children and themselves.”
Parents wishing to use the service must reside in New Brunswick, must have an existing court order made in Canada, and must apply online at the government website, gnb.ca/csrs.
The request can be made either by the beneficiary of the aid or by the payer.
Support automatically recalculated, free of charge
If their order qualifies, the Child Support Recalculation Service will recalculate their child support, free of charge.
Once registered, child support amounts will be automatically recalculated each year, based on a parent’s income and using child support guidelines and their latest assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency.
When the annual recalculations have been made, both parents will receive a “recalculation decision” detailing the new amounts and their start date.
“If you or the other party disagree with the amount of the decision, you have 30 days to object by filing a request with the court to change the amount of child support,” the site says. website.
While the new service was designed to benefit New Brunswick parents by reducing “the expense and stress” that can result from the court process, Flemming said it will have an additional benefit unrelated to families.
“It will also ease the burden on our province’s judicial resources.”