What is the test for contribution under section 7(1) of the Child Support Guidelines?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Hamilton v. Hamilton, 2010 BCSC 844 (CanLII):

At the trial level of Yensen v. Yensen, 2003 BCSC 1372, Goepel J., at para. 8, said this: The onus lies on the applicant to establish that the expense is necessary in relation to the child’s best interests and reasonable having regard to the means of the spouses. The party seeking contribution for a s. 7 expense must provide sufficient details to satisfy the court that the expense meets the qualifying criteria applicable to the specific category of expense claimed, as well as the qualifying criteria found in opening words of s. 7(1).

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