Family Law

Child Support

Child support is the right of the child.

Child support is considered to be the right of the child, and cannot be ‘permanently waived’ by the parents. Where child support is applicable, a non-custodial parent pays the child support amounts to the custodial parent.

Child Support

Child support payments must continue until the child reaches independence.

The amount of child support is based on the payor's income, the number of children, and the "extraordinary" expenses of each child (such as tuition, daycare, medical bills, etc.). Child support is often deducted straight from a payor’s paycheque(s).

Child support obligations are strongly enforced by the courts. Very few situations will excuse a payor from liability – even unemployed payors are expected to promptly find work to support their children. Once a court order for child support is obtained, it can be enforced by the Family Responsibility Office (FRO), which will take further enforcement action against non-paying individuals – up to and including jail time.

Our Family Professionals can solve your child support problems

Disputes regarding child support are very common, and often focus on the income of the paying spouse and the amounts of any extraordinary expenses. A good lawyer can help you get the best child support outcome - one that protects you and your family in the years to come.

If you believe that your spouse is not paying enough child support, or if you are being asked to pay too much, contact us immediately.

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