Child Support FAQs

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 Guidelines.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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