Does who left the marriage affect child support?  How is child support calculated if I earn $22,000 and my husband earns $85,000 and the kids spend equal time with each of us?

Children entitled to child support

It absolutely does not matter why you separated.  Child support is the right of the child.  The conduct of the parents has nothing to do with it.

There are two components to child support: base support and section 7 expenses.  Here is a video that explains both.   Base support is based on the tables and the only factors to consider are income and number of children.  In a shared custody situation (the kids share their time approximately equally between their parents), the starting point is that you pay base child support to him based on your income and he pays base support to you base d on his income, but you set the two off against each other.  The result is that he pays you $899 per month based on the numbers you gave.  However, in a shared custody situation, particular facts can change that amount, but why or who left does not matter.    For even more information, listen to this podcast.

You may also be entitled to receive contribution towards "special or extraordinary expenses" on top of base child support.  This is a contribution towards things like daycare so you can work, medical expenses, special education expenses and expensive extracurricular activities. He may have to pay about 80% of those expenses too.  For more information on that, listen to this podcast

If he is self-employed, his child support obligation may be even higher.  

You may also be entitled to spousal support.  Watch this video.

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In your situation, it is worth your while to speak to a good family law/divorce lawyer.  There is a lot of money at stake.  You may also want to pick up a copy of this $20, easy-to-understand book on Ontario Family Law:   It explains child support, spousal support, and most other family law issues, and it also describes the Family Court process and the alternatives to court.  It should help you make good decisions about how to proceed and get the support to which you are entitled.


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