Establishing child support is a crucial step after resolving parenting issues with your ex-spouse/partner. To protect your rights, having an experienced Ontario child support lawyer by your side is essential. They will help determine the appropriate amount and ensure your child's financial well-being. With the guidance of a legal professional, you can navigate the complexities of child support calculations and negotiate a fair arrangement.
Child support serves as a crucial means of financial assistance from one parent to the other, intended to support the upbringing and well-being of their child.
Understanding child support in Ontario
Child support in Ontario operates under the principle that both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children, regardless of whether the parents are in a relationship. In this context, the person who pays child support is known as the "payor," while the person who receives it is referred to as the "payee." The laws governing child support in Ontario prioritize the well-being and rights of the child, so it is crucial for both parents to fulfill their obligations in accordance with the law.
How long are you required to pay child support?
Many individuals believe that child support automatically ceases when a child reaches the age of 18. This is not always the case as children may be deemed “dependent” even after turning 18 in specific circumstances. For instance, if the child is enrolled in a full-time program of post-secondary studies or faces challenges that prevent them from withdrawing from parental care, child support may still be required.
Determining whether a child remains eligible for support beyond the age of 18 can be a complex matter, as it heavily depends on the unique circumstances of each case. If you are uncertain whether your child is still eligible for support, it is advisable to seek legal advice.
We are here to help
INB Family Law is here to provide the guidance, support, and expertise you need to protect your rights and achieve fair outcomes. Our team of experienced family lawyers can help you through every step of the process, whether through alternative dispute resolution methods or court representation. If you need legal assistance with your family law matter, do not hesitate to contact us at 905-215-1905 for a consultation.