Calculating Child Support Payments

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Parents may use the Federal 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 the Federal Child Support Guidelines?

The Federal 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, parenting time arrangement, and the province of residence. Visit Federal Child Support Guidelines: Step-by-Step

What expenses are covered under the Federal Child Support Guidelines?

The Federal 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 (sometimes called 'Section 7 expenses') that may be awarded at the discretion of the court include child care, healthcare expenses, extra-curricular activities and post-secondary education.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact a Child Support Guidelines Officer for more information:

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


Date de publication : 
le 23 Février 2021
Justice et Sécurité publique

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