What is child support?
Parents have the legal responsibility to financially support their children. Child support refers to payments relating to expenses associated with raising children. The goal of child support is to maintain or to improve the living conditions of the child by requiring one parent to make payment to the other parent who has the main parenting responsibilities.
Child support is considered the right of the child, not the right of the receiving spouse. This principle recognizes the legal obligation of both parents to financially contribute to their children’s upbringing.
Child support generally pays for the day to day care, housing, and clothing of a child. Special or extraordinary expenses, known as Section 7 Expenses, include more costly items such as medical expenses, sporting activities, recreational activities and education costs. These are typically divided under separate orders usually based on a ratio of each parent’s income.