Calculating Child Support Payments

Parents may use the Child Support Guidelines to come to an agreement on a suitable amount for regular child support payments without having to go to court. They are the same rules a judge typically uses when ordering child support in court. View Official 2017 Federal Child Support Tables. 

What are Child Support Guidelines?

The Child Support Guidelines are the rules for calculating the amount one parent must pay to the other parent to help support their child or children after a marriage or partnership dissolves. The guidelines set out monthly child support amounts based on the paying parent’s level of income, the number of children eligible for support, custody arrangement, and the province of residence. Visit Federal Child Support Guidelines: Step-by-Step

What expenses are covered under Child Support Guidelines?

The Child Support Guidelines protect the best interests of children to ensure they continue to benefit from financial support from both parents after their separation or divorce, including most importantly, the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and clothing. These amounts are mandatory with very few, limited exceptions. Additional special expenses that may be awarded at the discretion of the court include child care, medical/healthcare and dental expenses, extra-curricular activities and post-secondary education.

What if we cannot come to an agreement?

A mediator is available to offer assistance to parents who cannot reach an agreement. If this process is not successful, you may choose to apply to the court to have a judge decision. For more information read Child-focused Family Mediation. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Child Support Guidelines Office  (Charlottetown)
Family Law Centre
Legal and Court Services Division

Phone: (902) 368-6220

Child Support Guidelines Office (Summerside)
Summerside Law Courts 
Legal and Court Services Division

Phone: (902) 888-8188


Published date: 
April 19, 2018
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General Inquiries

Family Law Section
Honourable C.R. McQuaid Family Law Centre
1 Harbourside Access Road
Phone: 902-368-6940
Fax - 902-368-6934