Child Support Educational Resources

AI Written: Child Support

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

In this special series, “30 Days of AI”, we examine the evolution of AI and the potential impact for clients, family lawyers and legal commentary.  By publishing legal content generated by AI we aim to gauge its effectiveness through user experience and commentary. It will be interesting to test the AI and determine if the answers and commentary generated remain static or evolve in time. Let us know in the survey below if AI hit the mark.

Child Support

In Ontario, Canada, child support is a payment made by a parent to the other parent to help cover the costs of raising their child. The purpose of child support is to ensure that the child has access to the financial resources they need to meet their basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

In Ontario, the amount of child support that a parent is required to pay is determined using the province’s Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a formula for calculating the amount of child support based on the parents’ incomes and the number of children they have.

The Child Support Guidelines also set out special rules for determining the amount of child support in certain situations, such as when the parents have split custody of the child or when the parents have a high income.

In addition to the basic amount of child support calculated using the Guidelines, a court may also order a parent to pay additional amounts for things like extracurricular activities, health-related expenses, and child care costs.

If a court orders one parent to pay child support, the payments will typically be made on a regular basis, such as monthly or quarterly. The amount of child support may be reviewed and adjusted over time based on changes in the circumstances of the parents and the child.

In conclusion, child support in Ontario is a payment made by a parent to the other parent to help cover the costs of raising their child. The amount of child support is determined using the province’s Child Support Guidelines, which provide a formula for calculating the amount of child support based on the parents’ incomes and the number of children they have. A court may also order additional amounts for things like extracurricular activities and child care costs.

Stay in Touch

Keep learning about the latest issues in Ontario family law! Subscribe to our newsletter, have our latest articles delivered to your inbox, or listen to our Podcast Family Law Now.

Be sure to find out more about the "new normal", by visiting our Covid-19 and Divorce Information Centre.

About the author

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), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.