Child Support Guidelines Office

The Child Support Guidelines Office provides information on the Child Support Guidelines and helps people who represent themselves complete the required court documentation when they apply for child support for the first time or want to change an existing child support order.

What services does the office provide to Islanders?

The Office provides information and assistance to people who have no legal representation and who are:

  • Seeking child support for the first time or a change to an existing child support order or agreement through the courts; or
  • Seeking child support for the first time or a change to an existing child support order or agreement (by way of a Consent Order) without going back to court, if:
    • Both parties are in agreement; and
    • The payor provides proof of the income needed to calculate child support.
  • The Office assists people in sending application forms for child support  when a parent lives in a different province or country and the parents are not in divorce proceedings;
  • The Office assists  people who are divorced and want to change their child support orders when a parent lives in a different province or country; and
  • The Office collects data on child support for researchers at Justice Canada pursuant to the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act.

Who can use the services of this office?

You can contact the Child Support Guidelines Office if you are looking for information about:

  • The Child Support Guidelines; and/or
  • Filing court applications for child support, and you are not represented by a lawyer.

Child Support Guidelines Officers are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice.

Is there a fee to use these services?

There is no fee.

What are the Child Support Guidelines?

The Federal Child Support Guidelines are a set of rules and tables used to determine child support when parents separate or divorce.  They are the law, and generally the court must order child support in accordance with the Child Support Guidelines “basic table” amount.

The Court  uses the guidelines to calculate child support considering:

·    The paying parent’s gross income
·    The child or children’s living arrangements
·    The number of children, and
·    The paying parent’s province or territory of residence.

What types of expenses are considered under the guidelines?

The Child Support Guidelines “basic table” amount is mandatory, with few exceptions, as children have the legal right to receive financial support from both of their parents because it is in a child’s best interests.  The “basic table amount” of child support ensures the basic necessities of life including food, clothing and shelter are considered.

Special expenses may also be awarded by the court.  These include:

  • child care
  • medical and dental expenses
  • medical and dental premiums
  • extraordinary extra-curricular activities, and
  • post-secondary education.

The Court has the discretion to order these expenses if the Court determines the expenses to be necessary and reasonable.  If ordered, generally these expenses are proportioned between the parents based upon their incomes.

Who can I contact for more information?

Child Support Guidelines Office

Family Law Centre (Charlottetown)
Legal and Court Services Division
Phone: (902) 368-6220

Child Support Guidelines Office

Summerside Law Courts (Summerside)
Legal and Court Services Division
Phone: (902) 888-8188

Published date: 
June 24, 2015
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General Inquiries

Legal and Court Services Division
4th Floor, Shaw South
95 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-6522
Fax: (902) 368-4563