Calculating Child Support in BC
What is the amount of child support based on?
Whether you and the other parent have an agreement or you are going to ask for a court order, the amount of child support is based on the Child Support Guidelines. Because the Guidelines apply to everyone, many parents agree to an amount of child support based on the Guidelines, without going to court.
For most people, the Child Support Guidelines tables set out how much is owing based on two things: the income of the person paying child support, and the number of children for which child support is paid for. The exceptions to this rule are discussed in the Child Support Guidelines section.
Do parents and stepparents have to pay the same amount?
The Divorce Act does not say that the child support obligation of stepparents is different than the obligation of spouses. However, the Child Support Guidelines say that the amount a stepparent must pay can be reduced to account for the payments made by the child’s other parent.
Under the Family Law Act, the child support obligation of parents comes first, the obligation of people who are guardians but not parents comes second, and the obligation of stepparents comes last. The amount payable by a stepparent will take into account:
- the child support paid by the child’s other parents and guardians;
- the child’s standard of living when the child lived with the stepparent; and,
- the length of time the child lived with the stepparent.
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by People's Law School, 2014.|
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