Sometimes, one parent decides that he or she does not want child support from the other parent. In making that decision, it is worth considering that your child is entitled to support by law. Before waiving the child(ren)’s entitlement, it is worth exploring sharing financial responsibilities in a manner that helps the children and parents reduce any possible financial impacts from a divorce.
Essential check list
- The issue of child support is usually straightforward when addressed at the right time in a right way. However, if the issue of child support is handled poorly then it may escalate into a host of complicated and potentially costly issues.
- Federal Child Support Guidelines establish the base child support payable in Alberta. Prior to making or accepting the child support payments, it is prudent to discuss this issue in detail with your family lawyer. In some cases, the parenting arrangement, child’s contribution, intentional and unintentional unemployment, nondisclosure of the income, can be an important factor to determine the child support amount. We are one call away.
- In the event of serious disagreement, we can help you get a Child Support Order where you can ask a judge to determine the amount.
Child Support FAQs
How do I get child support?
here are numerous ways to get child support:
How is child support calculated and what does the ‘table amount of support’ mean?
The basic amount of child support paid is called the table amount. It is based on the paying parent’s gross (before tax) yearly income, the province or territory where the paying parent is living, and the number of children they are paying support for.
What is “ imputed income”?
If the court feels that the amount of income a parent claims they earn is not a fair reflection of their actual income, the court may attribute income to that person. This is called 'imputing' income.
If you think that your situation might require having a judge impute income to the other party, you should speak with your family lawyer for advice. The court cannot search for evidence for you – you must figure out a way to show the court why the other party should have income imputed to them.