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What do I do if child support isn’t being paid? Can access be refused?

In short, no. Limiting or denying the rights of the other parent is frowned upon by the courts, and should not be done without a court order. The law in Ontario holds that support and access/custody are not linked in this way, and does not look kindly on parents who attempt to exercise “revenge”.

However, if your child’s parent has not made their support payments as outlined in your separation agreement, you have the option of filing it with the family court. The family court will then forward your agreement to... MORE »

Do adult children still receive child support?

In some cases, parents are still required to pay child support for adult children (children over the age of 18).

The determinants of whether child support is still owed for an adult child include the following:

  • if the child is enrolled in full-time education
  • if the child is ill or disabled
  • if the child is unable to support themselves because of extenuating circumstances

In some cases it is unclear whether or not child support should continue to be paid for an adult child. For example, a parent may be required to pay child support during... MORE »

What are the factors that determine child support?

According the Child Support Guidelines, the income of the payor and which parent has custody of the child are the largest determinants of the amount of child support.

First, child support is determined by the amount of total gross income of the payor parent. Gross income is calculated based on the payor parents total income before tax, rather than after tax. The parent who has custody of the child(ren) is referred to as the recipient parent.

After determining the amount of income of the payor parent, a standardized table called the Federal... MORE »

What are the biggest factors affecting amount of child support?

The biggest factors affecting child support are income of the payor and custody of the child.

Child support is calculated by looking at the total gross income of the payor parent. The support recipient parent is the one who has custody of the child. Gross income means that we use that parents before tax income rather than their after tax income.

After the payor’s income is determined then we use a table called the Federal Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of support that should be paid based on income and... MORE »

My children are adults now. Do I still have to pay support?

Child support payments are required to be made at least until a child reaches the age of 18. However, even if your child is 18 or older there are some circumstances which may extend the period of time during which support must be paid.

Common scenarios in which support must be paid include where a child is enrolled in an education program full-time, has an illness or disability or in some extreme situations where an adult child is simply unable to support themselves.

It is not always totally clear when support must... MORE »