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Exceptional Ottawa Child Support Lawyers

Exceptional Ottawa Child Support Lawyers

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Ottawa Child Support Lawyers

At RPB Family Law, our Ottawa child support lawyers are trusted, solutions-driven advocates for parents. With a lawyer at your side, you will have a better understanding of the process and their payment guidelines. These guidelines assist the couple and the courts in understanding the level of support owed. If you want more information about support or the support standards, our legal team is available as a resource. To set up a fully private case evaluation with an Ontario lawyer, please call our Ottawa law office today. We handle the full range of child support cases in Ontario.

What is Child Support?

One parent pays child support to the other to support their child(ren) after a separation or divorce. The parent without primary physical custody typically makes these ongoing payments to the co-parent in Ontario. Usually, these payments continue until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. This support consists of two broad categories: 

  • Basic monthly expenses; and
  • Special/extraordinary expenses.

Basic monthly expenses cover the amount that a non-custodial parent pays on a month-by-month basis. Special/extraordinary expenses are separate categories that may be required if a child has unique educational or medical needs. Disputes over special/extraordinary expenses can be more complicated as it is a case-by-case issue. 

An Overview of the Federal Child Support Guidelines

One of the most important elements in any divorce is ensuring that there is standard and fair support for any children of the marriage. We calculate financial support using the payor parent’s guideline income to determine the child support amount. Standardized guidelines help determine the correct support amount.As a general matter, the amount of monthly support that a parent pays is based on the following three factors: 

  • The number of children being supported; 
  • The annual income of the parent paying support; and
  • The province of residence of the parent paying support. 

Ontario updated its provincial financial guidelines for children in November 2017 to align with federal Canadian standards. While these guidelines generally apply, a parent can seek a change in the specified amount, either paying less or receiving more, by demonstrating valid reasons for the adjustment.

You Can Rely On the Ottawa Divorce Lawyers at RPB Family Law

Despite existing federal guidelines, these cases can still become extremely complicated.

  • Hear your story and answer questions about child support law; 
  • Review all of the documents and records you have related to your case; and
  • Take the appropriate action to protect your legal rights and your financial interests. 

Contact an Ottawa, Ontario, Child Lawyer Today

The Ottawa, Ontario, child support and divorce lawyers at RPB Family Law can help guide you through any divorce or separation. Let them assist you in better understanding the various federal and provincial regulations and guidelines on financial assistance for children. If you have questions, we are here to find answers. Contact us today to arrange a completely confidential consultation. From our law office in Ottawa, we provide family law representation in support cases throughout Ontario.