In May 1997, the Federal Child Support Guidelines came into effect. In the majority of situations, the calculation of child support requires three major steps:
First, each parent’s guideline income must be determined.
Second, the Child Support Guideline Tables are used to obtain the Child Support Guideline amount the payor parent must pay to the primary caregiver parent based on the number of children and the payor parent’s guideline income.
Third, the payor parent may be required to pay a share of the following additional expenses:
If the payor parent is required to pay a share of any of the above expenses, they will be calculated as the payor parent’s percentage of the combined incomes of the 2 parents. For example, if the payor earns $40,000.00 and the other parent earns $60,000.00, then the payor may be required to pay 40% of these extra expenses.
Other rules for calculating child support may be triggered in special situations, such as:
In many cases, the courts and lawyers use special computer programs to make these difficult calculations. Of course, Wise Scheible Barkauskas is fully equipped to provide these calculations to clients and to evaluate their liability, or entitlement, to child support.
For more information, please review the Justice Canada Child Support Website.