Child Support Lawyer in North York

Do you need a lawyer for child support?

Child support is the amount of money that one parent pays to the other parent to help pay for the costs of caring for the child. Usually, the “payor parent” either spends less time with the children or, if they spend an equal amount of time with the children, makes more money. To figure all of that out, the majority of people search for a family lawyer.

What is covered under child support in Ontario?

Ontario law intends that child support be used to cover the basic costs of caring for a child and providing them with their necessities including food, clothing, school costs, transportation costs as well as a portion of housing and utility costs.

How to arrange child support?

You can set up, update, and enforce child support in one of the three ways: 

  • Online: you and the other parent or caregiver both enter information to arrange child support 
  • Written agreement: you and the other parent or caregiver write an agreement yourselves, or with the help of a lawyer or mediator, to arrange child support.
  • Court: you and the other parent or caregiver arrange child support by filling documents in court

How much is child support per child in Ontario?

They list the support owed based on annual income and number of children. For example, the support owed by a parent living in Ontario and earning $60,000 annually, with 2 children, will be $892/month. The support for a parent with an income of $100,000 and 2 children will be $1,416/month.

Can child support be paid in a lump sum in Ontario?

An amount paid as one lump-sum will generally not be considered a support payment because it is not paid on a periodic basis. However, if periodic payments required by a court order or written agreement were overdue and one payment is made to bring them up to date, that payment would be considered a support payment.

Do you have to pay child support if you have 50/50 custody in Ontario?

Unless the separation agreement stipulates otherwise, child support will still be paid, even though the parenting is shared. In most cases, the amount is, as with sole custody cases, calculated depending on annual household income.

What is section 7 expenses?

Expenses on childcare arising from employment, disability, illness, education of a parentDental and medical insurance premiums paid for child’s coverage.

At what age does child support stop in Ontario?

Child support must be paid if the child is a dependent. Dependent usually means until the child turns 18 and sometimes longer. A child is not dependent if they marry or are at least 16 years old and choose to leave home.

What happens to child support when child turns 18 in Ontario?

Child support payments typically end when your child turns 18 or becomes financially independent. However, if they’re still in high school after turning 18, payments must continue until they graduate or turn 19. If the child is disabled and not financially independent, the payments should continue indefinitely.

Can child support be paid directly to the child in Ontario?

Child support is generally paid to the other parent, not to the child. In rare cases, judges may order that child support be paid directly to a child who is at or over the age of majority. Judges will consider the family’s situation to determine whether direct payment is appropriate. An experienced family lawyer can best assist and guide you through the whole process. 

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