Child Support Calculator
It is strongly recommended that you speak to a lawyer in order to determine what the actual amount of support you should be paying (or receiving) is. A judge has the discretion to order spousal support that is either more or less than the range provided by the guidelines. The guidelines are only accurate up to an annual income of $150,000. This calculator performs only a simple calculation for an obligation within a range of possible results and should not be taken as legal advice or a definitive guide.
The obligation to pay child support is triggered automatically once parenthood has been established. Even if a parent does not spend time with his or her child(ren), he or she is obligated to pay child support to the primary parent of the child(ren).
Once parenthood is established, the Federal Child Support Guidelines are used to determine the amount of monthly child support payable. The guidelines use the incomes and the province in which the parents primarily reside to determine the amount of support that the payor must pay to the primary parent each month.
If the child(ren) resides with one parent more than 60 percent of the time, that parent is considered the “Primary Parent”. If the child(ren) resides with a parent less than 60 percent of the time, that is considered “Shared Parenting”.
If the child(ren) reside with both parents equally or near equally (shared parenting), the parent who earns the higher income will pay support to the parent who earns the lower income, but at a reduced amount to reflect the fact that they are bearing some of the expense of raising the child(ren) themselves.
In addition to the guideline amount of child support, the payor parent will usually contribute towards their child(ren)’s special expenses, as set out in section 7 of the guidelines. These special expenses include costs for daycare, medical insurance premiums and other health-related expenses, extraordinary educational expenses and some other extracurricular activities.
Orders for child support and contributions towards special expenses can be made under the federal Divorce Act, provincial Family Law Act, or pursuant to a written agreement between the parents, but must almost always conform to the guidelines amount.