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How child support is calculated in Alberta

Father with a child, representing the need for child support, an area of family law handled by the divorce lawyer in the Edmonton law offices of Sharek & Co, which also handles separation, child custody, property division, emergency protection orders and restraining ordersThe 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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Matthew Pagels, a lawyer in the Edmonton law firm Sharek & Co, where he handles family law, including divorce, spousal support, legal separation, child custody and child support, criminal law and general civil litigation.

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Kristy Moore, a lawyer in the Edmonton law firm Sharek & Co. where she handles family law, including divorce and separation, spousal support, child custody and support and division of matrimonial property.

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