Child & Spousal Support

Guardians & Parents Must Financially Support the Children. Former Spouses, in Some Cases, May Have to Pay Support to the Other Spouse.

Our Lawyers can Help you with your Child Support or Spousal Support dispute

We listen to you to understand your case about child support or spousal support. Afterwards, we negotiate and advocate for you to get you the proper amount of support.

We understand the difficulties the payor face when dealing with unreasonable financial demands of former spouses for child support or spousal support. Likewise, we appreciate the hardship spouses face when the payor is not paying proper amount of child support or spousal support. In other words, we understand support matters!

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Child Support

Factors Affecting Child Support

Parents, guardians, and sometimes step parents, must pay child support. The amount of Child Support is connected to:

  1. your parenting arrangements
  2. number of children
  3. income of the parents
  4. the province or territory where the parents reside. For payor parents residing in BC, check out the Federal Child Support Guidelines Tables for the province of British Columbia.

Obligation to Pay Child Support

Your parenting arrangement will determine who has obligation to pay Child Support. If you have sole custody, you will receive Child Support. Unless special circumstances exist, the other parent has to pay the full table amount.

In shared custody and split custody arrangements, both parents must pay Child Support. Usually, the amount of Child Support is a set-off amount.

Unless circumstances warrant, the court must follow the Federal Child Support Guideline table amount.

Determining Income for Child Support

Often, the court will use the line 150 income of the payor parent to determine income. To clarify, this is the Line 150 income reported on T1 General Tax Return for the most recent tax year. However, if the payor parent is intentionally unemployed, underemployed, or is self-employed, the court may impute an income on him or her. In other words, the court may set his or her income higher than the reported Line 150 income.

Spousal Support

Entitlement to Spousal Support

Firstly, to get Spousal Support, you must prove entitlement. The grounds for entitlement are:

  1. Compensatory: the former spouse needs to be compensated for forgone career opportunities.
  2. Needs basis: the former spouse needs support to maintain the same standard of living or he or she needs money to support herself or himself.
  3. Contractual: there is an agreement in place for Spousal Support.

Amount and Duration of Spousal Support

Secondly, you must determine the amount and duration of spousal support. This is affected by:

  1. the duration of the relationship;
  2. parties’ ages;
  3. their respective incomes; and
  4. amount of child support and parenting arrangements.
  5. Property division may also affect spousal support.

Quantum and duration of spousal support is based on SSAG (Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines). You can calculate the amount of spousal support using this online Calculator. Unlike Child Support, the court has discretion to depart from SSAG.

Lump Sum Spousal Support

We caution against paying Spousal Support in Lump Sum. Lump Sum spousal support is not tax deductible, whereas Periodic Spousal Support is tax deductible at the payor’s hands.

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    Our client’s can rely on our extensive legal knowledge to help navigate complex legal disputes. We are skilled at devising appropriate, timely and effective tailor-made solutions to each specific legal problem.  We work hard to be on the forefront of developing legal trends and providing the most current legal knowledge available.

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