Child Support Lawyers in Guelph
The biggest challenges in family matters are often financial. This is especially true for families with children. Child support is key to maintaining household stability and ensuring a child’s well being.
Our experienced family litigators at MFC Lawyers will ensure that the appropriate amounts of support flow between the parties, whether you are paying support or receiving it.
We will provide comprehensive assistance with respect to application of the Child Support Guidelines, determination of income, special expenses, and more.
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What Is Child Support?
Child support is a mandatory financial obligation on separated parents. It is a sum of money, typically paid monthly, intended to support a child’s basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, education, and some extracurricular activities. The objective of child support is to ensure that children continue to receive adequate care and support from both parents regardless of their parents relationship status.
Child support is income dependent. It is paid in accordance with the residency arrangements of the child and the Child Support Guidelines set by the government.
How Are Child Support Settlements Made?
Child support payments are calculated using the Child Support Guidelines. This is a law that determines the appropriate amount of child support payable between two parents, considering factors such as the parents’ income, the number of children involved, and the amount of time the children spend with each parent or guardian. The guidelines aim to establish fair and consistent child support arrangements across the province while accounting for the unique circumstances of each family. It is important to note that child support obligations prioritize the child’s best interests and can be subject to modification if the parents’ or child’s circumstances change.
How Our Firm Can Help You
MFC Lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that proper child support flows between separated parents. We can assist by:
- Offering expert advice on child support guidelines and obligations, tailored to your situation.
- Accurately calculating child support payments based on the appropriate guidelines, ensuring that the child’s needs are met without causing undue financial burden on either parent.
- Representing you in negotiations, mediation, or court proceedings, and advocating for fair and reasonable child support arrangements.
- Preparing and reviewing necessary legal documents to ensure they comply with the law and adequately protect the child’s interests.
- Advising on potential modifications to existing child support agreements in the event of changing circumstances, such as job loss, increased income, or changes in the child’s needs.
FAQs About Child Support
Click to read answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about child support.
Neither parent has the power to waive child support as in Canada, it is considered to be the right of the child. Child support arrangements can be customized if the parties can reach an independent agreement, best achieved with the assistance of a qualified family law professional. Child support should always be calculated in accordance with the relevant law.
Child support in Canada is determined using the Federal or Provincial Child Support Guidelines. It is based on the paying parent’s income, the number of children, and the custody arrangement. Typically, the parent with the higher income will be required to pay support, but there may be specific circumstances that result in different payment terms.
In Ontario, child support is generally paid until the child turns 18, although it may be extended in cases where the child is still dependent due to disability, illness, or full-time education.