How Are Child Support Payment Calculated?

Child support payment is calculated and paid before spousal support. Child support is payable for financially dependent children. Support is determined pursuant to the Federal Child Support Guidelines. Child support is not deductible from income for the payor and is not included in the income of the recipient for tax purposes.

Which Parent Will Pay Child Support?

Child support is paid to the parent with whom the child primarily lives. The amount of monthly child support is determined by looking at the payor’s gross annual income and the Child Support Guidelines.

How Much Child Support Will I Have To Pay?

The Child Support Guidelines dictate how much support is payable. The amount is based on the payor’s gross annual income and the number of children. Based on your annual gross income, number of children and province of residence the Child Support Table Look Up can help you find the base amount of child support.

In addition to the monthly table amount, you and your spouse will have to share the cost of certain additional expenses, like daycare or post-secondary school expenses.

What Happens If My Spouse Doesn’t Pay Support?

If your spouse refuses to pay support, you may need to go to court to get a support order.

If you have a signed agreement or court order requiring your spouse to pay support and he or she stops paying, your agreement or order can be registered with the court and the Family Responsibility Office for enforcement.

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Bortolussi Family Law is located in Vaughan, Ontario and serves the Greater Toronto Area including Woodbridge, Concord, Maple, Kleinburg, Thornhill,  Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Bolton, Nobleton, Newmarket, Oxford, Orangeville, Aurora, North York, Etobicoke, Caledon, Whitchurch-Stouffville, King City, Schomberg, Mississauga, Oakville, Streetsville and Toronto.