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Child Support Lawyer in Ontario


In Ontario, child support is calculated based on the Child Support Guidelines, which are federal guidelines used to determine the amount of child support that should be paid. The guidelines take into account the income of the paying parent and the number of children that support is being provided for.

Here is an overview of how child support is calculated in Ontario:

1. Determine the Payor's Income:

The first step is to determine the income of the paying parent (payor). This includes income from employment, self-employment, rental income, pensions, and other sources.

2. Look up the Child Support Table:

The Child Support Guidelines provide a table that outlines the basic monthly child support amounts based on the payor's income and the number of children.

3. Adjustments for Shared Parenting Time:

If the paying parent has significant parenting time or shared custody of the children, adjustments may be made to the child support amount to reflect the shared parenting arrangement.

4. Consider Special or Extraordinary Expenses:

In addition to basic child support, parents may also be required to contribute to special or extraordinary expenses for the children, such as childcare, medical expenses, and extracurricular activities.

5. Calculate the Total Child Support Amount:

By following the guidelines and considering any adjustments or special expenses, the total child support amount is calculated.

It is important to note that child support payments are typically made by the paying parent to the receiving parent. The purpose of child support is to ensure that children receive financial support to meet their needs and maintain a standard of living that is consistent with the parents' means.

If you need assistance in calculating child support or have questions about child support in Ontario, it is recommended to consult with a family law lawyer who can provide guidance on how child support is determined and help ensure that the best interests of the children are protected.

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