Child Support Lawyer

It is relatively simple to calculate child support. The amount is based on Federal Child Support Guidelines, which set out how much support noncustodial parents should pay per month. The number is based solely on the noncustodial parent's income and the number of children, and there are numerous online calculators to help you find your support amount.

This support is supposed to be used to cover living expenses for your children, which include food, clothing and shelter as well as some extras such as swimming lessons and entertainment.

 

BEYOND THE BASIC CALCULATIONS

Many factors may affect the quantum of support. These include:

  • Custody arrangements: If your children share their time between you and their other parent, each parent's child support amount is calculated from the table. The lower amount is subtracted from the higher amount, and the difference is paid to the parent with the lower amount.
  • Special and extraordinary expenses: If your children have special needs, such as particularly expensive extracurricular activities because they have a special talent, you may have to negotiate who will pay for these costs, and how.
  • Exceptional income: If your income is extremely high, extremely low, or very irregular, the tables may not be adequate to reflect what should be paid on a monthly basis.
  • Nonsalary income: If your income includes substantial nonsalary sources such as bonds or bonuses, there may be difficulty determining what can and cannot be considered income for the purposes of determining child support amounts.

Our Toronto child support lawyers can help you deal with these situations efficiently and fairly, keeping hostility down to a minimum.

As your separation continues and your family situation, children's needs and custody situation change, your support obligations may also change. We can help you navigate these changes.

 

CONTACT MACDONALD & PARTNERS LLP

Call us at 416-971-4802 or send us an email to set up an appointment in our downtown or North York office. Let us help you resolve any outstanding issues in child support.