With respect to the relative financial circumstances of the parties, the respondent earns significantly more than the claimant, has no other dependents and incurred no legal fees in this matter as he represented himself (Olsen v. Chinniah, 2012 BCSC 624, at para. 13). The claimant on the other hand had to retain counsel to seek the support her children were entitled to from the respondent. The respondent’s failure to pay child support is blameworthy, a factor that the court may consider in determining whether to award double costs: Hartshorne at para. 35.
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