CHILD SUPPORT AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Child support is designed to support children of a marriage or children of a relationship. It is not designed to support the parent who has most of the parenting time of a child or children of a relationship. Child support money is supposed to be used to help pay for things such as necessities of life (such as food, housing, clothing, etc.), but may also include support for extracurricular things (such as sports, hobbies, and education).
Child Support Guidelines
Child support is covered by the federal Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are designed to provide a fair standard of child support so that a child can benefit from the financial means of both spouses after separation or divorce. These guidelines are also used to improve the efficiency of the legal system and to encourage settlement, as parties will have a clear idea of what is appropriate child support. The Child Support Guidelines are based on three factors:
- The province of residence of the paying parent;
- The previous year’s income of the paying parent; and
- The number of children to be supported.