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Child Support in Ontario: All Your Questions Answered

Welcome to Divorce is Simple, your trusted partner in online divorce mediation serving Ontario, Canada. Navigating child support can be a daunting task, especially amidst the emotional and logistical complexities of divorce. This blog post aims to answer all your questions about child support in Ontario, providing you with clear and concise information to help you through this challenging time.

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What Is Child Support?

Child support is a financial obligation that one parent pays to the other to contribute to the costs of raising their children after separation or divorce. The primary goal of child support is to ensure that children continue to receive the financial support they need to maintain their standard of living.

What Does Child Support Cover In Ontario?

In Ontario, child support typically covers:

  • Basic Living Expenses: Food, clothing, and shelter.

  • Education Costs: School fees, supplies, and extracurricular activities.

  • Medical Expenses: Health and dental insurance, medications, and treatments.

  • Extraordinary Expenses: Costs related to special needs, such as tutoring, therapy, or specialized equipment.

How Is Child Support Calculated In Ontario?

Child support in Ontario is calculated using the Federal Child Support Guidelines, which consider:

  • Income of the Payor Parent: The annual income before taxes and deductions.

  • Number of Children: The amount increases with the number of children.

  • Custody Arrangement: The amount may vary depending on whether it is sole custody, shared custody, or split custody.

The guidelines provide a table that outlines the basic amount of child support based on these factors. Additional expenses, known as "special or extraordinary expenses," may also be added to the basic amount.

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How Much Child Support Should I Get?

The amount of child support you should receive depends on the payor parent's income, the number of children, and any special or extraordinary expenses. To get an estimate, you can use the Federal Child Support Guidelines Calculator.

How Much Child Support Will I Pay?

If you are the payor parent, the amount you will pay is determined by your income, the number of children you support, and any additional special or extraordinary expenses. Using the same calculator can help you estimate your payments.

When Does Child Support End in Ontario?

Child support usually continues until the child reaches the age of 18. However, support may extend beyond 18 if the child is:

  • Still in School: Attending high school or post-secondary education.

  • Dependent Due to Disability: Unable to become self-sufficient due to physical or mental disability.

How To Stop Child Support Payments When A Child Turns 18 In Ontario

To stop child support payments when your child turns 18, you need to:

  1. Review the Agreement or Order: Check for any clauses that extend support beyond age 18.

  2. File a Motion to Change: If the agreement or order needs to be formally changed, you must file a motion with the court.

  3. Submit Evidence: Provide evidence that the child is no longer eligible for support (e.g., proof of graduation, employment).

Consulting with a family law professional or mediator can make this process smoother.

How to Find Help - Divorce is Simple

At Divorce is Simple, we specialize in online divorce mediation, making the process as seamless and stress-free as possible. Our experienced mediators are here to guide you through every step of child support arrangements, ensuring that both parents and children receive fair and equitable solutions.

For personalized assistance, visit our website at Divorce is Simple or contact us directly to schedule a consultation. We are committed to helping families in Ontario navigate the complexities of divorce and child support with compassion and expertise.

Navigating child support doesn't have to be overwhelming. With the right information and support, you can ensure that your children's needs are met while maintaining a fair and amicable relationship with your ex-partner. If you have any further questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to Divorce is Simple – we're here to help.

For more information or to book a consultation, visit our website today.

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Disclaimer: The information provided does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice and instead all information, content, and materials available are for general informational purposes only. Divorce is Simple is not a law firm.

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