Brampton single mother Robyn Coates has worked hard to provide for her son Joshua, who was born with Di George Syndrome; a genetic abnormality that causes multiple medical and psychiatric problems that his doctor says are “chronic, severe and debilitating.”
Coates is now in the middle of a challenge in a bid to have Joshua’s biological father continue to support him.
Joshua’s father, Wayne Watson, says his financial obligation is over now that he is an adult. Under Ontario’s Family Law Act, adult children are eligible for child support only if they are in school full-time.
As a result, Coates is questioning the Ontario’s Family Law Act, claiming it discriminates against children with disabilities. She wants the provincial law changed so that no other single parent caring for a disabled child can be abandoned by an absent parent when the child becomes an adult.
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