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What information is required for an Ontario Child Support Application?

The parent with the obligation to pay support is always required to provide detailed information about his or her income within 30 days after a support application is made. And if the income of the parent with custody is also to be considered when determining the amount of support, that parent must provide the same information.

After support has been ordered by a court, a parent who was required to provide financial information must update this information at the request of the other parent. But this information cannot be requested more... MORE »

How are basic Ontario child support amounts calculated?

The Child Support Table in the Guidelines sets out the amounts of support to be paid, depending on the “gross income” of the paying parent and the number of children that the support order covers. Gross income means before taxes and most other deductions. The amounts to be paid are based on the average amounts of money that parents at various income levels spend to raise a child.

In simple cases, the table alone will determine how much money will be paid. In more complicated cases, the table is used as... MORE »

When can the court order child support without applying the Guidelines?

The only times the court can order amounts without applying the Guidelines are when:

  • both parents agree, and the judge thinks the arrangements made for child support are reasonable, or
  • the judge thinks that the Guideline amount would be unfair because there is some special arrangement that benefits the child
  • both parents agree, and the judge thinks the arrangements made for child support are reasonable, or
  • the judge thinks that the Guideline amount would be unfair because there is some special arrangement that benefits the child

In all other cases, the court must apply the... MORE »

When do the Ontario Child Support Guidelines Apply?

If parents go to court to get a child support order, in almost all cases the court must use the Guidelines to set the amount.

This is true whether the order is applied for under:

  • the Divorce Act by parents who are divorcing
  • the Family Law Act by parents who were never married, or who were married and have separated but are not getting a divorce

The Guidelines must also be applied whenever a parent applies to the court to change any support order, even if it was originally made before the Guidelines came... MORE »

What are the Ontario Child Support Guidelines?

In 1997, the federal government brought in a set of new rules and tables for calculating the amount of support a parent who does not have custody of his or her child must pay to the parent who has custody. These rules and tables were later adopted by the Ontario government and are set out in the Child Support Guidelines. A link to the Federal Child Support Guidelines is provided in the More Information, Courts and Statutes section of this website.

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