Child Support

Children need financial support from their parents – and they have a legal right to it. When parents separate or divorce, they should try to agree on the amount of child support. If they ask a court to decide, the court will use guidelines to determine child support payments. Some child support guidelines fall under federal law, while others are under provincial or territorial law. The guidelines that apply depend on the family's situation.

This website provides general information. Family law is complex. You are encouraged to contact a lawyer for help with family law issues.

The Divorce Act and the Federal Child Support Guidelines (Federal Guidelines) change as of March 1, 2021. The biggest difference is the change in terminology. The Act and the Federal Guidelines now use parenting terminology (rather than “custody and access”). Please note that there are no changes to the child support rules to calculate the amount of child support.

Child support amounts

Guidelines

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