Child Support Lawyers in Calgary
Our Calgary child support lawyers can take some of the mystery out of child support. We will help you understand the different components of child support. We will also help you understand your rights and obligations to child support.
What is Child Support in Alberta?
Child support is payments made from one parent to another. These payments are meant to help with the raising and upbringing of your child. It does not matter if you were married to, common law with or in any type of relationship with the person with whom you had a child. As these are obligations to the child, not a parent, a parent cannot waive properly child support guidelines.
Alberta Child Support Laws
The Family Law Act is the Alberta law that deals with child support. The Family Law Act replaces a number of old Acts that dealt with divorce, the Matrimonial Property Act, Parentage and Maintenance Act and the Domestic relations Act. Our child support lawyers understand this act and know how to best represent you in any dispute you may be in. Click here if you want to learn more about moving with Children after divorce.
How Child Support is Calculated in Alberta?
There are several factors in determining child support payments. Our child support lawyers can help you understand what you are entitled to or responsible for with respect to support. Some of the factors that are looked at are as follows:
Basic Child Support Guideline Amounts
The federal child support guidelines are key to this part of payments. The federal government set out a table that out lines for Alberta, what your payments will be based on number of children and income.
Child Custody Affects Payments
Where parents essentially share custody (50/50 – 60/40 splits in time), calculations are made under the federal guidelines. The amounts owing form one parent to the other are then netted with the difference being paid to the lower income parent. If one parent has custody the majority of the time, then payments are made just to that parent.
Special and Extraordinary Expenses
This aspect of support is most disputed. Our child support lawyers will represent you to protect your interests. These expenses include amounts that are required for the care of your child that are in addition to regular living expenses. Every situation will be different when it comes to special and extraordinary expenses. This happens because the court will look at the child, the parents’ income, the type of programs that have been participated in prior to separation, and many more. Examples of special and extraordinary expenses include:
- Special activities
- Medical and dental premiums
- Uninsured health care expenses
- Day care costs
- University or other post secondary education
- Private school
- Extracurricular activities
Learn More with Our Video
In order to help you understand this issue better we have put together a short video on support payments. Watch our video her to learn about how child support lawyers deal with support issues. We also have free family law information links here.
Our Child Support Lawyers can Help With Your Support Disputes
As a firm we pride ourselves on exceptional service. That is easy to say and more difficult to prove. In 2013 we were recognized by the Top Choice Awards as the Top Family Law Firm of 2013 in Calgary.
To schedule a appointment with one of our child support lawyers to discuss your entitlements and obligations, please contact our experienced team at Kahane Law Office. You can reach us toll-free at 1-877-225-8817, 403-225-8810 locally in Calgary, Alberta or email us directly here.