THE SURVEY OF CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS: INTERIM ANALYSIS OF PHASE 2 DATA

(October 1998 to March 2000)

CSR-2001-2E

APPENDIX C

PROVINCIAL / TERRITORIAL COMPARISONS

Table C-1: Type of Divorce Order/Judgment by Province/Territory1
Province/Territory Type of order/judgment
Interim child support order Divorce with child support order Divorce silent on child support Corollary Reserved Other
n % n % n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=49)
3 6.1 40 81.6 2 4.1 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 8.2
Prince Edward Island
(n=208)
4 1.9 163 78.4 38 18.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 1.4
Nova Scotia
(n=629)
51 8.1 547 87.0 19 3.0 5 0.8 0 0.0 7 1.1
New Brunswick
(n=435)
8 1.8 423 97.2 4 0.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Ontario
(n=4,302)
166 3.9 844 19.6 3,120 72.5 107 2.5 0 0.0 65 1.5
Manitoba
(n=856)
103 12.0 742 86.7 5 0.6 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 0.7
Saskatchewan 170 40.5 195 46.4 34 8.1 2 0.5 0 0.0 19 4.5
Alberta
(n=3,683)
666 18.1 2,556 69.4 155 4.2 15 0.4 277 7.5 14 0.4
British Columbia
(n=507)
108 21.3 197 38.9 196 38.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 1.2
Yukon
(n=37)
11 29.7 1 2.7 1 2.7 21 56.8 0 0.0 3 8.1
Northwest Territories
(n=92)
43 46.7 27 29.3 3 3.3 17 18.5 0 0.0 2 2.2

1 535 cases were missing data on both type of divorce order/judgment and type of variation order.

Table C-2: Type of Variation Order by Province/Territory1
Province/Territory Type of order
Interim variation order Variation order Other
n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=87)
6 6.9 70 80.5 11 12.6
Prince Edward Island
(n=35)
1 2.9 32 91.4 2 5.7
Nova Scotia
(n=350)
11 3.1 332 94.9 7 2.0
New Brunswick
(n=153)
3 2.0 149 97.4 1 0.7
Ontario
(n=291)
47 16.2 240 82.5 4 1.4
Manitoba
(n=242)
5 2.1 237 97.9 0 0.0
Saskatchewan
(n=147)
16 10.9 68 46.3 63 42.9
Alberta
(n=854)
100 11.7 739 86.5 15 1.8
British Columbia
(n=104)
4 3.8 98 94.2 2 1.9
Yukon
(n=0)
0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Northwest Territories
(n=21)
4 19.0 12 57.1 5 23.8

1 535 cases were missing data on both type of divorce order/judgment and type of variation order.

Table C-3: Disposition of All Orders by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Disposition
Consent/uncontested Contested Unknown Missing
n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=137)
76 55.5 58 42.3 2 1.5 1 0.7
Prince Edward Island
(n=243)
193 79.4 45 18.5 3 1.2 2 0.8
Nova Scotia
(n=980)
810 82.7 145 14.8 21 2.1 4 0.4
New Brunswick
(n=588)
523 88.9 5 0.9 59 10.0 1 0.2
Ontario
(n=4,593)
4,396 95.7 187 4.1 5 0.1 5 0.1
Manitoba
(n=1,102)
1,003 91.0 78 7.1 9 0.8 12 1.1
Saskatchewan
(n=1,024)
640 62.5 333 32.5 13 1.3 38 3.7
Alberta
(n=4,540)
3,896 85.8 613 13.5 11 0.2 20 0.4
British Columbia
(n=611)
418 68.4 180 29.5 10 1.6 3 0.5
Yukon
(n=106)
86 81.1 15 14.2 5 4.7 0 0.0
Northwest Territories
(n=113)
76 67.3 30 26.5 6 5.3 1 0.9

Table C-4: Disposition of Divorce Orders/Judgments by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Disposition
Consent/uncontested Contested Unknown Missing
n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=49)
45 91.8 4 8.2 0 0.0 0 0.0
Prince Edward Island
(n=208)
182 87.5 21 10.1 3 1.4 2 1.0
Nova Scotia
(n=629)
554 88.1 54 8.6 17 2.7 4 0.6
New Brunswick
(n=435)
372 85.5 5 1.1 58 13.3 0 0.0
Ontario
(n=4,302)
4,170 96.9 123 2.9 4 0.1 5 0.1
Manitoba
(n=856)
796 93.0 48 5.6 3 0.4 9 1.1
Saskatchewan
(n=420)
281 66.9 123 29.3 12 2.9 4 1.0
Alberta
(n=3,683)
3,343 90.8 314 8.5 9 0.2 17 0.5
British Columbia
(n=507)
372 73.4 128 25.2 5 1.0 2 0.4
Yukon
(n=37)
29 78.3 8 21.6 0 0.0 0 0.0
Northwest Territories
(n=92)
65 70.7 20 21.7 6 6.5 1 1.1

Table C-5: Disposition of Variation Orders by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Disposition
Consent/uncontested Contested Unknown Missing
n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=87)
31 35.6 53 60.9 2 2.3 1 1.1
Prince Edward Island
(n=35)
11 31.4 24 68.6 0 0.0 0 0.0
Nova Scotia
(n=350)
255 72.9 91 26.0 4 1.1 0 0.0
New Brunswick
(n=153)
151 98.7 0 0.0 1 0.7 1 0.7
Ontario
(n=291)
226 77.7 64 22.0 1 0.3 0 0.0
Manitoba
(n=242)
203 83.9 30 12.4 6 2.5 3 1.2
Saskatchewan
(n=147)
59 40.1 74 50.3 1 0.7 13 8.8
Alberta
(n=854)
550 64.4 299 35.0 2 0.2 3 0.4
British Columbia
(n=104)
46 44.2 52 50.0 5 4.8 1 1.0
Yukon
(n=0)
0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Northwest Territories
(n=21)
11 52.4 10 47.6 0 0.0 0 0.0

Table C-6: Legal Representation by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Legal representation for:
Mother Father Government agency
n % n % n %
Newfoundland

(n=137)

49 35.8 39 28.5 2 1.5
Prince Edward Island
(n=243)
167 68.7 103 42.4 16 6.6
Nova Scotia
(n=980)
723 73.8 611 62.3 0 0.0
New Brunswick
(n=588)
469 79.8 415 70.6 2 0.3
Ontario
(n=4,593)
2,644 57.6 2,161 47.0 12 0.3
Manitoba
(n=1,102)
1,012 91.8 836 75.9 17 1.5
Saskatchewan
(n=1,024)
903 88.2 749 73.1 1 0.1
Alberta
(n=4,540)
4,010 88.3 3,351 73.8 49 1.1
British Columbia
(n=611)
511 83.6 423 69.2 55 9.0
Yukon
(n=106)
84 79.2 52 49.1 4 3.8
Northwest Territories
(n=113)
102 90.3 86 76.1 5 4.4

Table C-7: Issues Dealt With in Divorce Order/Judgments by Province/Territory
Province/
Territory
Issue
Child support Custody Access Spousal support Award termination provision Arrears Review clause Cost of living clause Other
n % n % n % n % n % n % n % n % n %
Nfld.
(n=49)
47 95.9 1 2.0 2 4.1 2 4.1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
P.E.I.
(n=208)
177 85.1 169 81.3 161 77.4 14 6.7 60 28.9 1 0.5 11 5.3 16 7.7 3 1.4
N.S.
(n=629)
601 95.5 572 90.9 561 89.2 269 42.8 15 2.4 31 4.9 92 14.6 2 0.3 30 4.8
N.B.
(n=435)
426 97.9 429 98.6 404 92.9 163 37.5 3 0.7 21 4.8 3 0.7 0 0.0 9 2.1
Ont.
(n=4,302)
1,134 26.4 1,289 30.0 1,074 25.0 335 7.8 354 8.2 128 3.0 285 6.6 173 4.0 282 6.6
Man.
(n=856)
852 99.5 794 92.8 718 83.9 122 14.3 38 4.4 67 7.8 31 3.6 0 0.0 234 27.3
Sask.
(n=420)
369 87.9 318 75.7 290 69.1 93 22.1 3 0.7 16 3.8 8 1.9 0 0.0 7 1.7
Alta.
(n=3,683)
3,520 95.6 3,185 86.5 3,055 83.0 1,504 40.8 636 17.3 155 4.2 160 4.3 11 0.3 79 2.2
B.C.
(n=507)
315 62.1 265 52.3 208 41.0 91 18.0 30 5.9 29 5.7 34 6.7 1 0.2 6 1.2
Y.T.
(n=37)
33 89.2 33 89.2 26 70.3 11 29.7 3 8.1 4 10.8 4 10.8 1 2.7 0 0.0
N.W.T.
(n=92)
88 95.7 76 82.6 65 70.7 4 4.4 0 0.0 1 1.1 8 8.7 0 0.0 9 9.8

Numbers do not add up to totals, since more than one issue may be dealt with in an order/judgment.

Table C-8: Issues Dealt With in Variation Orders by Province/Territory
Province/
Territory
Issue
Child support Custody Access Spousal support Award termination provision Arrears Review clause Cost of living clause Other
n % n % n % n % n % n % n % n % n %
Nfld.
(n=87)
83 95.4 6 6.9 1 1.1 5 5.7 0 0.0 10 11.5 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 3.5
P.E.I.
(n=35)
34 97.1 7 20.0 8 22.9 0 0.0 3 8.6 12 34.3 0 0.0 2 5.7 0 0.0
N.S.
(n=350)
317 90.6 73 20.9 59 16.9 10 2.9 14 4.0 83 23.7 55 15.7 0 0.0 20 5.7
N.B.
(n=153)
144 94.1 39 25.5 41 26.8 11 7.2 4 2.6 27 17.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 0.7
Ont.
(n=291)
285 97.9 76 26.1 68 23.4 17 5.8 67 23.0 100 34.4 42 14.4 15 5.2 54 18.6
Man.
(n=242)
241 99.6 61 25.2 65 26.9 12 5.0 13 5.4 75 31.0 7 2.9 0 0.0 19 7.9
Sask.
(n=147)
128 87.1 21 14.3 26 17.7 5 3.4 13 8.8 32 21.8 7 4.8 0 0.0 1 0.7
Alta.
(n=854)
851 99.6 151 17.7 192 22.5 53 6.2 157 18.4 288 33.7 66 7.7 2 0.2 22 2.6
B.C.
(n=104)
104 100.0 21 20.2 24 23.1 8 7.7 12 11.5 29 27.9 10 9.6 0 0.0 3 2.9
Y.T.
(n=0)
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
N.W.T.
(n=21)
20 95.2 12 57.1 9 42.9 1 4.8 0 0.0 3 14.3 3 14.3 1 4.8 1 4.8

Numbers do not add up to totals, since more than one issue may be dealt with in an order.

Table C-9: Type of Custody by Province/Territory
Province/
Territory
Type of custody
Sole-Mother Sole-Father Shared Split Other Missing
n % n % n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=137)
108 78.8 3 2.2 11 8.0 5 3.6 2 1.5 8 5.8
Prince Edward Island
(n=243)
186 76.5 12 4.9 16 6.6 17 7.0 4 1.6 8 3.3
Nova Scotia
(n=980)
767 78.3 59 6.0 18 1.8 69 7.0 12 1.2 55 5.6
New Brunswick
(n=588)
460 78.2 53 9.0 23 3.9 38 6.5 1 0.2 13 2.2
Ontario
(n=4,593)
3,534 76.9 409 8.9 312 6.8 163 3.5 56 1.2 119 2.6
Manitoba
(n=1,102)
937 85.0 76 6.9 10 0.9 46 4.2 2 0.2 31 2.8
Saskatchewan
(n=1,024)
802 78.3 61 6.0 33 3.2 52 5.1 3 0.3 73 7.1
Alberta
(n=4,540)
3,446 75.9 427 9.4 249 5.5 261 5.7 12 0.3 88 1.9
British Columbia
(n=611)
482 78.9 46 7.5 33 5.4 20 3.3 10 1.6 20 3.3
Yukon
(n=106)
78 73.6 10 9.4 8 7.5 3 2.8 1 0.9 6 5.7
Northwest Territories
(n=113)
88 77.9 6 5.3 6 5.3 6 5.3 0 0.0 7 6.2

Table C-10: Median Monthly Child Support Award Amount and Paying Parent Income by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Median child support amount Median paying parent income 1
Newfoundland $265 (n=115) $26,000 (n=88)
Prince Edward Island $314 (n=180) $25,660 (n=125)
Nova Scotia $353 (n=817) $32,260 (n=816)
New Brunswick $325 (n=445) $30,000 (n=348)
Ontario $416 (n=3,075) $36,000 (n=2,703)
Manitoba $356 (n=1,056) $32,000 (n=1,025)
Saskatchewan $398 (n=860) $34,400 (n=785)
Alberta $500 (n=3,878) $37,670 (n=4,108)
British Columbia $449 (n=499) $38,580 (n=488)
Yukon $500 (n=80) $40,500 (n=84)
Northwest Territories $500 (n=89) $43,460 (n=78)

1 Includes all cases with paying parent income regardless of whether the case reported a monthly child support award amount.

Table C-11: Number and Proportion of Cases Having Special or Extraordinary Expenses Awarded by Province/Territory
Province/Territory n %
Newfoundland (n=137) 17 12.4
Prince Edward Island (n=243) 51 21.0
Nova Scotia (n=980) 174 17.8
New Brunswick (n=588) 110 18.7
Ontario (n=4,593) 1,521 33.1
Manitoba (n=1,102) 271 24.6
Saskatchewan (n=1,024) 282 27.5
Alberta (n=4,540) 1,796 39.6
British Columbia (n=611) 141 23.1
Yukon (n=106) 25 23.6
Northwest Territories (n=113) 17 15.0
Table C-12: Number and Proportion of Cases from Each Province/Territory Awarding Each Type of Special or Extraordinary Expenses
Province/
Territory
Special or Extraordinary Expense
Child care/
day-care
Medical/
dental insurance premiums
Health-related Primary/
secondary
education
Post-secondary
education
Extra-curricular
activities
n % n % n % n % n % n %
Newfoundland
(n=137)
5 3.6 7 5.1 1 0.7 1 0.7 3 2.2 0 0.0
Prince Edward Island
(n=243)
18 7.4 16 6.6 10 4.1 5 2.1 8 3.3 20 8.2
Nova Scotia
(n=980)
69 7.0 25 2.6 36 3.7 13 1.3 26 2.7 45 4.6
New Brunswick
(n=588)
45 7.7 35 6.0 21 3.6 15 2.6 11 1.9 38 6.5
Ontario
(n=4,593)
392 8.5 886 19.3 718 15.6 299 6.5 717 15.6 503 11.0
Manitoba
(n=1,102)
167 15.2 23 2.1 50 4.5 32 2.9 23 2.1 32 2.9
Saskatchewan
(n=1,024)
136 13.3 32 3.1 41 4.0 19 1.9 25 2.4 86 8.4
Alberta
(n=4,540)
758 16.7 512 11.3 498 11.0 355 7.8 99 2.2 664 14.6
British Columbia
(n=611)
79 12.9 18 2.9 23 3.8 23 3.8 9 1.5 37 6.1
Yukon
(n=106)
6 5.7 1 0.9 6 5.7 2 1.9 7 6.6 5 4.7
Northwest Territories
(n=113)
9 8.0 3 2.7 1 0.9 2 1.8 1 0.9 4 3.5

Table C-13: Median Monthly Special or Extraordinary Expenses Awarded and Paying Parent Income by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Median
special expenses amount
Median paying
parent income 1
Newfoundland 98 (n=5) $26,000 (n=88)
Prince Edward Island 76 (n=22) $25,660 (n=125)
Nova Scotia 110 (n=80) $32,260 (n=816)
New Brunswick 108 (n=48) $30,000 (n=348)
Ontario 175 (n=283) $36,000 (n=2,703)
Manitoba 80 (n=193) $32,000 (n=1,025)
Saskatchewan 100 (n=159) $34,400 (n=785)
Alberta 104 (n=1,206) $37,670 (n=4,108)
British Columbia 135 (n=93) $38,580 (n=488)
Yukon 590 (n=2) $40,500 (n=84)
Northwest Territories 155 (n=10) $43,460 (n=78)
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