When Nora’s ex suddenly cuts off child support payments, she’s not eligible for legal aid.

When Nora’s ex suddenly stops paying child support, she learns that she qualifies for legal aid financially, but the province doesn’t help people proceeding under the federal Divorce Act rather than provincial laws. And, she is divorced, so she must proceed under the Divorce Act.

Nora finds a lawyer willing to take her case at a lower hourly rate, and some family members say they can help but she’ll have to repay them over time. She knows her ex has more money than he claims from under-the-table jobs, but she can’t afford to hire a private investigator to prove that. She worries she will end up with lower child support payments and that it will take years to repay the money she owes her family.

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