Canada. Department of Justice, Family, Children and Youth Section
|Record #: CWD4693||Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017||Last Full Update: 02 Feb 2017|
|Public Comments||The Department of Justice does not provide any direct legal assistance or advice to the general public nor does it assist in legal research. For legal advice or assistance, it is recommend to contact a lawyer or a legal aid program.|
|Office Phone||613-946-2222 (National Capital Region)|
|Toll Free Phone||1-888-373-2222|
|Addresses and Location|
|Located In Community||Ottawa|
|Address||284 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8
|Description (Service)||The Federal Child Support Guidelines are regulations under the federal Divorce Act. They set out rules and tables to calculate how much child support should be paid if you divorce or are already divorced. Provincial or territorial child support laws and guidelines apply in all other situations.
The Federal Child Support Guidelines came into force in 1997. The tables in the Guidelines were updated in May 2006 and again in December 2011. If you have a child support order made before the tables were updated, and if applying the updated tables would result in a different child support amount, you have a right to renegotiate child support payments or ask the court for a new child support order.
The Federal Child Support Guidelines: Step-by-Step guide can help you calculate what the amount of child support would be if you use the Federal Child Support Guidelines and the updated tables.
The Guidelines set out the amount the parent paying child support should pay. The amount is based on the paying parent's income, the number of children being supported, and the province or territory where the paying parent lives. Special circumstances can be applied to alter the amount (e.g. undue hardship, special expenses).
To find statutes, regulations, recent legislation, court decisions, constitutional documents and related materials, refer to the Guide to Canadian Legal Information at: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/contact/comm2.html * if you are unable to access what you need on the Web site, call or email for more information
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm|
|Eligibility||Divorced or separated parents|
|Application||Call or visit the website for more information|
|Languages||English ; French|
|Fees||Refer to website|
|Alternate Name||Family Law Info Line ; Family Law Information Line ; Federal Child Support Guidelines|