Child support is the right of the children. It is money paid to cover the expenses of raising the children.
There are two types of child support, table support (Section 3 child support) and special and extraordinary expenses (Section 7 child support). Child support is payable as of the date of separation.
It is a regular amount of money paid on a monthly basis to cover the children’s basic expenses such as clothing, food, water and shelter. It falls under Section 3 of the Child Support Guidelines.
The amount of monthly table child support is based on the regular parenting schedule and the payor’s income. If one parent has the children in his/her care the majority of the time, then the other parent will pay this amount on the basis of her/his income, the number of children and the Child Support Guidelines. In the event that the children spend their time equally with both parents (when each parent is responsible for the children 40% of the time or more – also known as “shared parenting”), then the amount of table child support is discretionary and depends on the specific situation at hand. If the parents follow a shared parenting arrangement, table childs support is usually offset between them.
Although determining child support may seem straight forward, many issues may present themselves which can impact the application of the Child Support Guidelines. In some cases, figuring out one’s income is a challenge because income for child support purposes is not necessarily limited to the payor’s Line 150 of her/his tax return. Please visit the “Income Imputation” page for more information.
Special and Extraordinary Expenses
Child support for special and extraordinary expenses is payable over and above the table support amount. It is money that covers the extra costs of the children falling under Section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines. Section 7 indicates that certain expenses are shareable between the parents in proportionate to their incomes.
As stated above, child support is payable as at the date of separation. Therefore, the amount of ongoing and retroactive child support are issues that most couples will face throughout this process.
At Noori Law, we have handled many cases with respect to both ongoing child support and arrears of child support. Contact us now for any child support related needs.