We Have Custody of Our Grandchild: Can We Get Child Support?


Biological parents are always child support payers under the Child Support Guidelines and they always pay the full table amount.   When a child is in the care of someone who is not a biological (or adoptive) parent,  each biological parents is required to pay full table support - unless the child has been adopted as adoption severs the legal ties between a child and parents.   If a parent  is not self employed or earns most of his or her income from a source other than a salary, government benefits or other predictable and easy-to-calculate source, then child support is a simple calculation done using the Child Support Guidelines and the tables.   It is so simple, that there is an online government service for calculating and setting up child support that can replace court if the support payor and support recipient agree.  

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When the parties do not qualify for that service or someone does not agree to use it, it may be necessary to go to court, although there are still other alternatives to court - either mediation, mediation/arbitration or Collaborative Practice.  For even more information about child support, and the options for getting it, pick up a copy of this easy-to-understand book on Ontario Family Law and see a top Family Law Lawyer

10 - Child Support - Who Pays and How Much?

11 - Child Support's Special and Extraordinary Expenses

For big expenses in relation to children, there may be additional child support obligation. Orthodontics, child care, high level sports, medical expenses and other large expeneses would be “section 7 expenses.” The Child Support Guidelines say the cost of such expenses should be shared be all “parents” - the custodial parents and the biological parents - in proportion to their incomes.  For more information on child support and section 7 expenses, listen to the podcasts to the left. 

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You can get a lot more information about Ontario Family Law issues, including a further explanation of child support, the rights of grandparents and other parenting legal issues by downloading this $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac or ordering the paperback version.  But, to keep out of trouble, it is always best to speak with a good family law lawyer.

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Get the help of a lawyer immediately to avoid financial hardship for both you and the kids.  Child support is the right of the child.  Contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5869, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate).


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