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I have a BC court order to pay child support. My job now pays me less than I made when the order was made. Can I just pay less based on my new lower salary?

Last reviewed in April 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors.

If your court order is for a stated amount of money, you'll need to apply to the court to change the amount you're required to pay. How you change or vary your court order will depend on a few things, including:

  • whether you and the other party can agree to the change or variation, and
  • the court where your initial order was made: Provincial (Family) or Supreme Court.

Good starting points include:

  • From Legal Aid BC, Court Orders has a step-by-step guide under the section "Change an order or set aside an agreement made in BC." It also has another section "When more than one province or country is involved."
  • From John-Paul Boyd, QC, the chapter "Child Support" in JP Boyd on Family Law has information on varying child support orders.

Need more help?

  • Family Justice Centres, from the provincial government, provides assistance with child support issues.
  • Family LawLINE, from Legal Services Society, provides legal advice about family law issues for low-income people.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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