Are you looking for legal advice on child support payments in Alberta? People often search for terms on Google such as “line 150” and “special expenses” without really understanding it. When you trying to calculate the amount of child support, get it done by a lawyer in Alberta. The federal child support guidelines can get complicated. It can be based on annual income, the basic child support amount, and how the children live their lifestyles before the divorce. Also, you will need to make calculations based on the number of children and the base amount.
Book a free 15-minute consultation with one of our lawyers. We can help you if you are the paying parent, or if you are the one needing child support payments. The lawyers have advanced software. Don’t use free child support tables that you find online as they are not accurate. The amount of support can also vary depending on the province and territories.
Alberta Child Support Locations
It is important to document child support payments for two reasons. If the other parent makes a claim that you haven’t been paying child support or makes a claim for retroactive child support (back pay for missed child support). The paper trail you have created evidencing your payments will be your defense to the other parent’s claim. Child support payments are not taxable. You still need to claim all support payments on your taxes. Having a written record of the amount of support you have paid can help ensure you capture all payments in your income tax returns.
Do you still have questions about documenting your child support payments or determining income for child support? Speak to one of our lawyers in the Edmonton or Calgary office of ClearWay Law. Our lawyers have experience assisting clients with child support matters.
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When Do Child Support Payments end?
The Divorce Act articulates that child support is payable for any “child of the marriage”. A child of the marriage means a child of two spouses or former spouses who is under the age of majority (18). Also, someone who has not withdrawn from their parent’s charge or a child of the marriage who is over the age of majority (18). Further, they are unable to withdraw from their parent’s charge due to illness, disability, or other cause. The Family Law Act restricts eligibility for child support to unmarried children who are under the age of majority or over the age of majority but is enrolled in full-time education and has not withdrawn from parental control.
Provinces And Territories
If any children of the marriage fall under the parameters articulated in the Divorce Act or the Family Law Act, a parent may make a claim for child support. Once obtained, support will continue until the child is over the age of majority and is able to be independent. Often this occurs with the child turns 18 and child support will cease on the child’s 18th birthday.
The law presumes that after 18, the child is able to obtain gainful employment to support themselves. However, sometimes child support will still be payable after a child turns 18 if they are unable to withdraw from their parent’s care. The most common reason for a child being unable to withdraw from their parent’s care is if they are enrolled in post-secondary education.
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Author: Alistair Vigier is the CEO of ClearWay Law