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An upset girl on the couch and her parents are fighting in the background.

Child support is money paid by one parent to the other parent to help cover the basic costs associated with caring for their child(ren). Usually, child support is paid by the parent with whom the child(ren) spend less time; however, even if the child(ren) resides with each parent for about 50% of the time, the parent with the higher income may still have to pay child support to the other parent.

The parent who pays child support is called the “payor parent” and the parent who receives the child support is called the “recipient parent”.

The amount of child support payable by the payor parent to the recipient parent is determined using the Federal Child Support Guidelines and/or the Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines clearly state the basic monthly child support payable by the payor parent to cover the basic expenses of the child(ren). In determining the basic monthly child support payable, the Guidelines consider the gross annual income of the payor parent, the number of children for which support is payable and, the province of residence of the payor parent.

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