If you’re wondering what your child support right and obligations are, you have come to the right place. Child support is mandatory in Ontario, meaning that all dependant children have a legal right to support. Child support is not limited by age alone. Many factors are considered when support is calculated. We can assist you in determining what the amount of child support is, whether you are the parent that is required to pay child support, or the parent entitled to receive child support.
Child support is generally based on the payor’s income (sometimes the recipient’s income is factored in) and we use the Federal Child Support Guidelines (CSGs) to determine the amount owed to each child. Although the CSGs are used to assist us in determining the amount of support owed, it is important to note that sometimes we may not be strictly bound to follow the guideline amounts. These factors may include:
So, although you may be entitled to receive child support, if the payor doesn’t have an income sufficient to support him or her and the child, support may not be payable. As well as child support, there are Section 7 ‘Extraordinary Expenses’ that you could be entitled to or you could owe. For example, a portion of the costs for extra-curricular sports and activities (such as hockey, soccer, or ballet), dental costs, prescriptions, college or university tuition and expenses, etc.
It is also a common misconception that if your ex-spouse or partner re-marries, you no longer have to pay child support. This is untrue. It is not your ex-spouses or partners responsibility to maintain support for your child.
At Lemieux Litigation, we can assist you with calculating support amounts. Call Nicole Meringolo at (705) 999-7595 for a 1-hour consultation about your child support rights and obligations. Nicole serves clients of all walks of life in Innisfil, Barrie, Bradford, Newmarket, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood.