Blog: Child Support

Be Careful Who You Sleep With – Child Support and “Involuntary” Fatherhood

Written by Colin A. Steffler. Let’s say, hypothetically, that you, a male, meet a woman and begin an intimate relationship. You make it clear throughout that relationship that you are not ready to become a father and not interested in having children until some point far in the future (or, perhaps, not at all). She assures you that she is taking birth control pills and is also not interested in having kids right now, so you don’t bother using any other form of contraception. However, you later find out that…

Guidelines vs Guidelines: Comparing Child and Spousal Support

Written by Colin A. Steffler We normally think of “guidelines” as recommendations or informal rules that fall short of being mandatory. In this sense, the Child Support Guidelines are not really “guidelines” at all. They are regulations under both the federal Divorce Act and Ontario’s Family Law Act, and judges have to follow them, except in limited, specified circumstances. The Table set out in the Guidelines shows what amount of child support is payable based on a parent’s income and the number of children, and, in general, what the Table…

Child Support – Overview of Special or Extraordinary Expenses (a.k.a. S. 7 expenses)

Written By Allison R. McAlpine When people think of child support, they usually think about the regular monthly payment of child support based on the payor’s income and the number of children to which the support applies. In addition to this regular monthly payment, each parent is obligated to contribute to a child’s special or extraordinary expenses (also known as “add on expenses” or “s. 7 expenses”) under section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines. How much will each parent contribute? This is typically based on the income of each…

Child Support Agreements – Basic Questions that the Parties Need to Answer

Written by Allison R. McAlpine A Separation Agreement outlines the various obligations and rights that each party has in relation to all issues resulting from the breakdown of the relationship including child support. There are various issues that have to be worked out in a child support agreement which include the following: Determining the income to be used for each spouse. Who will pay monthly child support, a start date, and an amount?  When will child support stop? What age? After how many degrees/diplomas? How much will each parent pay…

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