All parents must support their child if the child is considered a “child of the marriage” under the Divorce Act or alternatively, a child as defined under the Family Law Act. The living and custodial arrangements of the children determine which spouse will become the “payor” parent and which will become the “recipient” parent. The amount of child support payable is determined by the Federal Child Support Guidelines. Apart from everyday expenses associated with raising a child, parents may also need to pay for “special or extraordinary expenses,” which are shared by the parents in proportion to their incomes.
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