After the Family Court Changes a Final Order, is the Or …

September 5th, 2019

Family Law is all about changing family dynamics. Families do not stop changing just because a court makes a final order. Parenting arrangements and child support are particularly prone to changes because children’s lives change as they get older and child support is centered around parents’ incomes, which can vary each year. Consequently, there is […]

I Have Children From a Previous Relationship. I’ve Si …

January 31st, 2019

In recent years, it has become more common place to see “complex” families where one (or more parents) have children with several other parents, or is a step-parent to children in other families.  Therefore, how child support is calculated when one parent has children with several other parents is an increasingly common question. The solution […]

Child Support Increases as of November 22, 2017

November 14th, 2017

With the changing of the seasons comes about another change. One that may put a bit more money in your pocket come holiday season. Come November 22, 2017, the Federal Child Support Tables are being updated to reflect recent changes to the Income Tax Act as they affect child support. This is the first such […]

Am I on the Hook to Pay Child Support Retroactively?

August 29th, 2017

One of DSF’s Toronto Family Lawyers was recently asked the following question: Can child support payments be retroactive? My former spouse never claimed child support and on top of that refused to take support payments from me for years. Recently, my former spouse has gotten into some financial trouble and filed an application for me […]

Important Tax Information for Parents with Shared Custo …

January 30th, 2017

A recent Canadian Tax Court Case has important implications for parents with shared custody and the way child support is paid and collected.  The decision in Harder v. The Queen changes the way parents with shared custody must deal with child support.   It is likely that most parents with shared custody will have to […]

Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on To …

January 17th, 2017

Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on Top of Child Support – Even Though my Ex Has Benefits? Separated Parents do have to share some expenses for their children on top of base child support. Section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines sets out what expenses parents have to pay […]

Can I Get Retroactive Child Support if I am No Longer a …

June 22nd, 2016

In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the Family Law Act, the Divorce Act, and the Child Support Guidelines. Under both the Family Law Act and the Divorce Act, parents have an obligation to support their children. When parents separate, this obligation usually takes the form of child support. You should listen […]

Rights and Responsibilities of Parents and Adult Childr …

June 6th, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: What rights and responsibilities do parents and adult children have respectively towards each other? This is a very broad question, and one that can be answered from a variety of perspectives – legal, moral, etc. […]

What’s the Difference Between a Legal Separation and …

May 19th, 2016

While many people believe that separation and divorce are interchangeable terms, legally speaking they are quite different and carry with them different consequences. For spouses who are facing a breakdown of their relationship, it is important to appreciate the difference and how it can affect your rights and obligations. What is a Divorce? A divorce […]

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