If you are acting as a step-parent for a child, either in a marriage or as adult interdependent partner (commonly referred to as a common law partner), you may be expected to pay child support if your partner dies.
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A child’s welfare is of utmost concern to family court judges in a divorce. According to s.16(1) of the Divorce Act: “The court shall take into consideration only the best interests of the child of the marriage in making a parenting order or a contact order.”
A recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision has upended a long-held precedent on how to determine income when deciding on child support if the spouse is intentionally under-employed or unemployed.
Discussing personal wealth and financial matters can be uncomfortable. To many, these are private matters best kept private.
Calculating child support is usually pretty straight forward when one parent is the primary parent – determine income, number of children, then look it up in the guidelines. However, when you are in a shared parenting arrangement, child support is governed by section 9 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines.
During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Courts in Alberta have altered their operations, policies and procedures with a view to helping to contain or prevent the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining, as much as possible, access to justice.
In Michel v. Graydon, a 2020 Supreme Court of Canada decision, it was held that the court can retroactively adjust child support amounts for non-married couples even after the child is no longer a child of the relationship if the provincial statute allows for it.