Child Support

The Government of Canada has produced The Child Support Guidelines, a series of tables and rules for determining the amount of child support to be paid to the parent having care of the child. The Guidelines have also been adopted by the Government of Ontario. The Guidelines often make the determination of the basic level of child support very easy to calculate. The Guidelines also recognize that it is intended that certain special expenses for a child such as childcare, are to be shared between the parties in proportion to their incomes, in addition to the amount calculated from the tables.

Generally speaking, child support continues until a child is at least 18 years of age and no longer in need of financial support, or if the child continues in school, he or she has attained the age of 23 years or a first post-secondary degree or diploma.