New Federal Child Support Tables Announced

The Federal Department of Justice recently announced changes to the Federal Child Support Guideline Tables, effective December 31, 2011. The amendments were registered on November 17, 2011, and will appear in Part II of the Canada Gazette on December 7, 2011. It appears from the calculations that some of the table amounts have gone up,...... Read More

The Family Court process – a brief overview

Fortunately, the vast majority of family law matters settle, without the necessity of the spouses having to initiate legal proceedings or step foot into a courtroom. Occasionally, however, some matters do proceed to court. There are, for example, situations of urgency, where children are at risk, money is being withheld, the situation in the home...... Read More

Child Support Guidelines and the 40% rule (How is “40%” calculated?)

Section 9 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the Guidelines), provides that: s. 9. Where a spouse exercises a right of access to, or has physical custody of, a child for not less than 40 per cent of the time over the course of a year, the amount of the child support order must be...... Read More

Child Support for self-employed payors (The million dollar question)

As most everyone knows, child support in Canada is determined in accordance with the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the Guidelines), which came into effect on May 1, 1997. Clearly, the purpose of the Guidelines was, in part, to provide certainty and consistency with respect to the determination of child support to be paid upon separation....... Read More