Child support delinquency rate inflated

Poor record keeping has been inflating the rate of child support delinquency on P.E.I., says the provincial Justice Department.

Old child support files being cleared from system

Poor record keeping has been inflating the rate of child support delinquency on P.E.I., says the provincial Justice Department.

Compliance rates did rise from 76 per cent to 84 per cent.- Loretta Coady MacAulay

The percentage of unpaid child support on the Island has improved since outdated files were taken out of the system, Loretta Coady MacAulay, manager the family law section, told CBC News.

CBC News reported last month that, according to Statistics Canada, in 2011 P.E.I. had the worst record in the region, collecting 76 per cent of all outstanding money. Compare that to 98 per cent in Newfoundland,  91 per cent in New Brunswick and 86 per cent in Nova Scotia.

"They were able to close a number of files where the child was no longer a dependent," said MacAulay.

"So you see the increase in compliance rates did rise from 76 per cent to 84 per cent (in 2012), and we expect that will continue to rise as those old cases get closed off the system."

So far, the department has removed 700 files that showed money was owing, when in fact it was not. 

MacAulay said a recent bolstering of enforcement rules is also helping. This includes the ability to report non-payers to a credit agency.

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