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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 February 2021 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 the 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" has information on varying child support orders.

For situations where support needs to change because income has changed since January 2020 due to COVID-19, there is a new process to change a child support agreement. See any of the following resources:

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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