Calgary Child Support Lawyers

Caring For The Financial Needs Of Children

Following separation or divorce, parents must continue to contribute to the care of their children. Although most parents are committed to meeting their financial obligations, there is often disagreement about payment amounts and schedules. While basic child support is established as a matter of law, many special expenses may be negotiated.

When you need information about child support, the lawyers at Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP in Calgary can advise you. Schedule a consultation at our firm to talk with us today. We will work with you to negotiate an arrangement that meets the needs of your children and is consistent with an appropriate allocation of special expense obligations between you and your co-parent.

Calgary Child Support Lawyers

Legal Guidelines For Child Support

Section 3 of the Child Support Guidelines specifies that the amount of basic child support is based on the income of the paying parent and the number of children he or she must support. A court can order a different amount if the paying parent's income is more than $150,000. When the non primary parent cares for the children more than 40 percent of the time, his or her payment obligations may be reduced.

In addition to basic child support, expenses should be shared between parents for special and extraordinary expenses incurred on behalf of the child.

According to Section 7 of the guidelines, these may include:

Uninsured medical expenses
Medical and dental insurance premiums
Physical therapy
Psychological counselling
Educational expenses
Extracurricular activities

We Can Help

Many couples choose to establish a child support agreement through negotiation, instead of going to court. At Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP, we can represent you in an out-of-court process such as mediation to negotiate child support. Child support is one of many important issues addressed in a separation agreement prior to the finalization of divorce.

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Child Support Lawyers: Serving Calgary and Area

All issues connected to divorce, including complex asset division, can be resolved using collaborative law. To learn more about alternative dispute resolution and collaborative law from our Calgary lawyers, schedule a consultation with a member of our team.

To consult with a member of our Alberta firm, call us toll free at 877-563-5295. In Calgary, call 403-233-9300 or contact us online to book an appointment.

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