When parents separate, one of the first things they should think about is child support. Child support is the money one parent pays the other for the financial support of their child or children.
Children need the financial support of both parents because they do better. They also have a right to it by law. Canada’s child support law is based on the principle that even though parents have separated or divorced, children should continue to benefit from the financial support of both parents, just like they would if the parents were still together.
The information in this section explains parents’ child support responsibilities. It describes how to figure out what a parent should pay or expect to receive, as well as how to calculate other types of expenses. You will also find links to services and other types of resources that can help you.
- What is it?
- Why is there child support?
- Do we need to go to court to get a child support agreement?
- Does the agreement have to be in writing?
- Who pays?
- How do we calculate annual income?
- How do we calculate child support when the children live mostly with one parent?
- How do we calculate child support when parenting is shared?
- How do we calculate child support when parenting is split?
- How do we calculate other types of expenses for the children?
- What should we do once we agree on an amount?
- Can we change a child support agreement or court order?
- How long does child support go on for?
- What happens if I receive child support and then get remarried?
- What happens if I pay child support and then have a second family?
- What happens if we don’t have an agreement or order?