Step-Parents & Child Support

A case summary of Nyereyogana v Schofield, 2021 ABQB 66

The recent #Alberta case, Nyereyogana v Schofield, 2021 ABQB 662, discusses child support responsibilities for “in loco parentis children” by a #stepparent versus a biological #parent and the termination of child support at age 18. The case also deals with a long delay by the applicant in pursuing #childsupport obligations and concludes that child support should only be 50% of the arrears up until age 18, and no responsibility for post high-school education costs thereafter. 

The clear message is that #children need to have put some effort into maintaining a relationship with a step-parent if they expect to have the step-parent support them – unless there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. family violence).

The full case is available on CanLii here –

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