Category Archives: Child Support

How do I know if I’m entitled to spousal support?

Each time I write about spousal support, I always repeat the same statement of principle – the determination of spousal support is more of an art than a science. This remains true. In order to determine whether you’re entitled to spousal support, you should begin by considering the factors set out in the various legislation … Continue reading How do I know if I’m entitled to spousal support?

At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?

I am asked this question at least a couple times per week. There seems to be a common belief that children can decide where they want to live after they turn 12. That is false. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, the legal age of majority is 18 – that remains the age at which parents officially … Continue reading At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?

What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

A parent is required to support their child as long as they are a “child” under the appropriate legislation. To determine if a child is still a “child” for child support purposes, look at both age and dependency. For age – the cut off is the child being under the age of majority in the … Continue reading What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 2: Parenting Time and Responsibilities

Last month, we looked at child support; this month we will explore parenting time & responsibilities (aka child custody & access). In any parenting plan, parents must make arrangements for how they will spend time with their children, and how the decisions will be made in respect of their children. Decision-Making Responsibilities Parents may be … Continue reading 4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 2: Parenting Time and Responsibilities

4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 1: Child Support

The Child Support Guidelines govern how child support is calculated. First, determine your base amount using this handy online tool. Then, adjustments up or down may be required. On top of the base amount parents may still need to share children’s “special expenses” such as child care, health premiums/expenses, education, and extra-curricular activities. If the … Continue reading 4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 1: Child Support

“Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

The hottest topic in family law these days is the issue of retroactive child support – also called “back pay”. When a parent is required to pay child support, that parent has a duty to tell the other parent when his or her income changes. As you may have experienced, this doesn’t always happen. The … Continue reading “Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?

How do you know if you’re paying or receiving the proper amount of child support? Regardless of whether you have a court order or you are a party to a written or oral agreement for child support, child support payments may be subject to variation if circumstances of either the paying or receiving parent changes? … Continue reading What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?