Each province, including Ontario has specific guidelines to determine the appropriate amount of child support. The guidelines take into consideration, the parties incomes, the number of children, and where the children reside primarily. Although these guidelines are helpful to determining the appropriate amount of support, there are still situations where the amount to be paid is outside the guideline amount.
Child support is an issue the courts take seriously as it directly impacts the wellbeing of the child or children. In some instances, child support is dependant on the amount of time the child is in the care of each parent. If the child resides with both parents equally, then the court usually calculates a set-off amount of support, which takes into consideration both of the parties incomes.
Child support is intended to provide financial assistance for the children and cover the necessities, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Additional expenses, such as day-care, extracurricular activities, summer camp, and other expenses like these are typically in addition to child support payments. These additional expenses are often shared in proportion to the parties incomes.
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