The Federal Child Support Guidelines: Step-by-Step

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This is not a legal document. It only provides general information for your convenience. Family law can be complex. You are encouraged to seek advice from a legal adviser to better understand your rights and responsibilities as well as the rights of your children.

This guide has examples of ways to deal with a variety of situations. Please note that these are only examples and that you may encounter other situations.

All the child support amounts shown in the examples are based on the amounts and rules in effect when this guide was produced.

Also note that the terms used in this guide may not be exactly the same as what is used in the law or in your existing order or agreement. This is because provinces and territories may use different terms or because some of the legal terms were simplified for the purpose of this guide.