Child support recalculation: Bill 64 represents major advances, but further changes are still called for
At the invitation of the Committee on Institutions, Raymonde Saint-Germain, Ombudsperson, is presenting a brief on Bill 64, which establishes the Service administratif de révision des pensions alimentaires pour enfants (SARPA).
First, the Ombudsperson expresses her full support for the principle behind the bill: its dejudicialization and cost-cutting goals clearly satisfy the recommendations reiterated by the Ombudsman to help parents who want to make child support changes. She does, however, point out that there is room for improvement. SARPA's response deadlines are vague and should be better defined.
In addition, the new administrative mechanism and its personnel should have clearer powers and obligations with respect to administrative justice to ensure services are efficient, of high quality and respectful of citizen rights. Lastly, as it is presently defined, SARPA does not fall within the Québec Ombudsman's jurisdiction, which makes it impossible for parents to access this essential recourse.