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Author Lucien Khodeir Discusses His Child-Support Constitutional Challenge on TV

On May 5, 2008, Lucien Khodeir appeared on the program "Live @ 5:30" of CHCH News in Hamilton, Ontario, to discuss his upcoming court hearing to address his child-support constitutional challenge.

Toronto, Canada, May 08, 2008 --( In March 2008, Lucien Khodeir had released a book titled "Children with 2 homes" to bring awareness about the injustice of the Canadian child-support guidelines. Soon after, he launched the website "" to promote it. In April 2008, he released the French version of the book titled "Enfants avec 2 demeures" then launched the website "" to promote it.

In September 2007, Mr. Khodeir was set to argue the constitutionality of the child-support guidelines when the opposing counsel secured a procedural order against him. Mr. Khodeir appealed and set aside that order last month. The table is now set again for the hearing that was set for last fall.

On the TV programme, Mr. Khodeir briefly outlined the old and the new child-support system in Canada: "In the old system, if two parents had a child-support issue which they could not resolve, they would present their case to a judge. The judge would determine the amount of child support by relying in part on what the parents submitted as their actual child costs. Those amounts would vary from one judge to the next. They would also depend on how well each parent’s case was presented. Experienced lawyers would usually make a better case for their clients. There was a lot of uncertainty in the amounts of child support. This system expended a lot of judicial resources and delayed the resolution of cases.

In the new system, to determine the amount of child support, a parent only needs his income and the number of his children. He then looks up a table to find that amount. More parents are able to agree on what that amount is without the assistance of a judge. There is now more certainty on what that amount is. This system expends less judicial resources and expedites the resolution of cases."

Mr. Khodeir went on to say: "The new system isn’t interested in the actual child costs, because it will estimate them. In my book, I take issue with those estimated child costs and with nothing else. I never take issue with the decision of the legislators to replace the actual with the estimated child costs. They did what they considered to be in the best interests of Canadians and I support them in that effort. I incidentally concur that the resulting change in the child-support system was good for Canada. I do however take issue with the unjust way with which those estimated child costs are derived. I prove mathematically in my book why that way is unjust. I then propose sensible remedies to make those estimated child costs fairer."

The second edition of "Children with 2 homes" and "Enfants avec 2 demeures" will be released sometime this month. Each will retail for $19.95 and will be available for sale on "" and "" respectively.

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