Child support is the money that one parent pays to the other parent to help support his or her child financially after a separation or divorce. It is used to help cover the costs of raising a child such as feeding, clothing, housing, and otherwise providing for everyday needs. One of the guiding principles of Canada’s child support laws is that the child has the right to have the financial assistance of both parents following a separation or divorce.
The amount of child support is determined using the Federal Child Support Guidelines and usually includes a base amount of child support and an additional amount as a contribution towards special or extraordinary expenses.
Determining the appropriate amount of child support can be very simple or extremely complex, depending on each situation. The lawyers at Actus Law Droit will assist you in understanding the law as it relates to child support and to quantify your child’s entitlement to support.