How child support is calculated in Alberta
The goal of the child support process is to determine the fair amount that each party will pay, based primarily on two factors:
- Income. This information is usually determined by reviewing tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA").
- Custody and access arrangements. If the access arrangements give one party the main day-to-day care of the children and the other party has time with the children, the party that has the visiting time, or "access", usually pays the other caregiver a monthly amount, based on legislated guidelines. This person can also be responsible for paying for a proportionate share of any special and extraordinary expenses for the children.
- If there is a shared parenting arrangement, where the children are with both parents more than 40% of the time, child support is determined by a calculation that takes into account the respective incomes of the parties, the costs of the shared parenting regime and the comparable household fiscal capacities of each party.
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