Child support is often a point of contention between parents. If one parent is the primary caregiver, it makes sense for the other to give money to help provide for the child. What about in a situation where both parents see the child equally or provide relatively equal amounts of care on a regular basis?
In a shared parenting arrangement or custody situation, you may feel that no child support should be exchanged, and some people would agree with you. However, that’s not how the arrangement tends to work in the Canadian court system. Child support guidelines for Canada show that judges consider three things when determining child support in a co-parenting situation.
First, the judge looks at how much the territorial and provincial child support tables say should be provided by the parent based on the income he or she receives each month. Second, the judge looks at the increased costs of shared custody arrangements and how that applies to the individual situation. Finally, the judge looks at the means of the parents and the needs of the child.
Child support is often still ordered to make sure the living arrangements in each home are as equal as possible. Typically, it’s the higher income parent who pays support, but this is not always the case. Presently, the judge must weigh the options and determine the best way to make sure the child is getting fair living arrangements while also taking into consideration the time parents spend with their children on top of the incomes they have to work with.