Common Questions

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?

If your court order is for a stated amount of money, you'll need to apply to court to change the amount that 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,
  • the court where your initial order was made: Provincial (Family) or Supreme Court.

If you and the other party agree to the change, you can use this self-help guide to get started:

If you and the other party cannot agree, then you can use How to Change a Family Order if You Can't Agree from the Legal Services Society's Family Law Website. This includes information for both Provincial (Family) and Supreme Court.

More information on varying child support orders is available on JP Boyd's BC Family Law Resource.

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Last reviewed May 2015

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