This episode of the Family Law Podcast discusses the basics of Child Support in Ontario and in Canada. It starts with who pays, and then moves on to explain how much child support should be paid by going over the calculation. There is more than one component to child support. There is both base child support and contributions to special and extraordinary expenses. This podcast explains what each component is. Finally, the podcast discusses some of the special circumstances in child support, such as when the children divide their time equally between parents, when some children live with one parent and other children live the second parent, and what happens when there are more than two parents. Child support is an area where a lot of people get into trouble. This podcast is critical listening for anyone who is a parent to children, or who is about to become a parent either by birth or by moving with a new partner who has children.
Note: Since this podcast was recorded, there has been an important change in the way child support should be arranged with shared custody. Read this page for the update.
The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available as a $9.99 eBook for Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an iBook for iPad, iPhone and Mac or a paperback from Amazon and other fine book sellers. The Guide is an easy-to-understand explanation of the basics of all aspects of Ontario Family Law, from a description of Family Court and the other ways to resolve family law matters, to a description of the most important family law topics, to tips on how to avoid common mistakes and succeed after separation.
If you would like more assistance with child support, contact Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, by calling 416-446-5847, emailing him, or using the contact form below. You can also use the contact form to comment on this page.
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