Any divorce case can quickly become a heated situation as the marriage dissolves and assets are split up. Those cases involving children and child support can become even more stressful since your children’s future and money are both at the centre of this situation. Hiring the appropriate child support lawyer in Waterloo can make all the difference in how this case turns out for you. At the Law Offices of C. Richard Buck, we will ensure that both you and your child’s best interests are represented in court. Contact us today for more information on our legal services.
What is Child Support?
Child support is a payment from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent as a form of financial support in raising their shared child. Whether the couple was married or not, each parent is still financially responsible for the child even if the child does not live with him or her. Child support payments are meant to help cover the living expenses of the child including food, clothing, diapers, schools supplies, etc. It is also put in place to help the custodial parent cover the extra cost of additional living space for the child. In this way, both parents contribute equally to their child’s living situation and well-being, at least in a financial sense.
Child Support Guidelines in Ontario
In Canada, child support payments are determined mainly by the income of the parent paying and the number of children they are paying to support. In Ontario, there is a set of guidelines that is used in situations which differ from normal circumstances, such as those where very unique custody or access arrangements have been made. These guidelines also include provisions for situations in which the child lives with each parent equally, as special rules will apply in these cases as well.
In order to fully understand these guidelines and the child support system in Ontario, it is best to hire a lawyer with experience in Canada’s complex child support laws.
Changing Child Support Orders
If you already have a child support order but wish to change it, the Law Offices of C. Richard Buck is still here to help. We can help you apply to change your court order if you have had a material change in circumstances since the last order was issued. This includes any important change in your situation, the other party’s situation, or your child’s situation. This process is very similar to getting a child support order in the first place and will involve filing a court application. During this process, the court will look at such factors as where you, the other party and the child live as well as whether or not you were divorced from the other party.
Make an Appointment Today!
If you would like to discuss your child support situation, please feel free to call us today and make an appointment at our law office. Our team is here to help you throughout the entire process.