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Federal Child Support Guidelines

Version of section 3 from 2006-03-22 to 2021-02-28:


Marginal note:Presumptive rule

  •  (1) Unless otherwise provided under these Guidelines, the amount of a child support order for children under the age of majority is

    • (a) the amount set out in the applicable table, according to the number of children under the age of majority to whom the order relates and the income of the spouse against whom the order is sought; and

    • (b) the amount, if any, determined under section 7.

  • Marginal note:Child the age of majority or over

    (2) Unless otherwise provided under these Guidelines, where a child to whom a child support order relates is the age of majority or over, the amount of the child support order is

    • (a) the amount determined by applying these Guidelines as if the child were under the age of majority; or

    • (b) if the court considers that approach to be inappropriate, the amount that it considers appropriate, having regard to the condition, means, needs and other circumstances of the child and the financial ability of each spouse to contribute to the support of the child.

  • Marginal note:Applicable table

    (3) The applicable table is

    • (a) if the spouse against whom an order is sought resides in Canada,

      • (i) the table for the province in which that spouse ordinarily resides at the time the application for the child support order, or for a variation order in respect of a child support order, is made or the amount is to be recalculated under section 25.1 of the Act,

      • (ii) where the court is satisfied that the province in which that spouse ordinarily resides has changed since the time described in subparagraph (i), the table for the province in which the spouse ordinarily resides at the time of determining the amount of support, or

      • (iii) where the court is satisfied that, in the near future after determination of the amount of support, that spouse will ordinarily reside in a given province other than the province in which the spouse ordinarily resides at the time of that determination, the table for the given province; and

    • (b) if the spouse against whom an order is sought resides outside of Canada, or if the residence of that spouse is unknown, the table for the province where the other spouse ordinarily resides at the time the application for the child support order or for a variation order in respect of a child support order is made or the amount is to be recalculated under section 25.1 of the Act.

  • SOR/97-563, s. 1
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