Child Support Table Amount

“How do I calculate child support?” If you want to know approximately how much child support to expect, you can use the Government of Canada Child Support Table Look-up tool. Check is out here: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/2017/look-rech.aspx

Child support is based on the payor parent’s income. You can use the Child Support Table Look-up tool to see how much child support is owed each month. There are three inputs: gross annual income of the paying parent, number of children, and province of residence of the paying parent. 

The most common issue with calculating child support is determining income. If you and the other parent are unable to agree on the amount of income that should be used to calculate child support, you should speak with a lawyer. If a parent is self-employed or owns a corporation, then calculating income can be more cumbersome. 

Child support is divided into section 3, the base amounts, and section 7, special and extraordinary expenses. The Child Support Table Look-up tool only accounts for section 3 child support. Section 7 child support is discretionary meaning that it may or may not be ordered depending on the circumstances.

The Federal Child Support Guidelines are mandatory. Child support is the right of the child. You can look at the legislation here: https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/laws/regu/sor-97-175/latest/sor-97-175.html?autocompleteStr=federal%20child%20support%20&autocompletePos=1

This post is for informational purposes only. If you require legal advice, please contact a lawyer

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Written by Jamie Fitzel, family lawyer at Step By Step Law.

Last updated/reviewed on July 22, 2021.