Child Support and Spousal Support

Child Support

Child support is governed by the Federal Child Support Guidelines under the Divorce Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 3 (2nd Supp.), and the Provincial Child Support Guidelines, O. Reg. 391/97, under the Family Law Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3.  These are the presumptive guideline table amounts and they are a factor in the calculation of child support.  However, there are various other factors and circumstances that affect child support payments.

Spousal Support

Spousal support is a payment or a series of payments made from one spouse to another after their separation.  These amounts are frequently determined using the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, and legal considerations govern the questions of entitlement to spousal support, the quantum (amount) of spousal support, and the duration of spousal support.

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Child Support

In general terms, child support means the amount of money one parent pays to another to support their child financially after a separation or divorce.

Spousal Support

In general terms, spousal support is the money that one spouse may have to pay to the other spouse for their financial support following a separation or divorce.