Canadian Mother and Father have four children together.
Three of the children live with Mother and one with Father.
Mother has been on and off public assistance for years, but has been working of late.
And earning about $11 per hour.
With the three children to support.
Father, her ex, for reasons unstated, does not work.
Father, and their child who lives with him, are on public assistance.
And because Father receives public assistance, the government is requiring Father to seek child support from Mother or risk loss of his public assistance.
The court will rule on Father’s petition for support in a couple of months.
Meanwhile, the stress of the support case has overcome Mother, who is now on leave from her job.
The amount in dispute in Father’s case is approximately $60 per month.
There is no indication whether Father pays Mother any support for their three children who live with her.
It is common for US states to pursue child support from noncustodial parents as well when the custodial parent receives public assistance.