Knowledge Base: Child Custody & Support

Child Support and Shared Custody − The 40 Percent Threshold

As I have written before, the federal Child Support Guidelines provide a reliable and predictable means by which the respective child support obligations of parents can be ascertained.  In addition to setting out […]

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Bill Proposes to Confirm Grandparents' Right to Apply for Custody and Access

I have written before about a grandparent’s potential right in some circumstances to apply for custody of or access to a child.   At the moment, this right is only implicit in the current […]

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Child Protection Basics

Fortunately, most families will never need to become familiar with child protection laws, or how the systems work in this province.   Still, it is worth making a few short introductory points. As the name […]

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How Does a Parent’s Religious Beliefs Affect Custody and Access?

When parents have divorced, they frequently differ on what constitutes the “best interests” of a child – which is the governing consideration in determining where and with whom the child lives, where he […]

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Can You Pay Child Support Straight to the Child?

A court order for child support reflects an obligation by one separated or divorced parent to pay financial support to the other in respect of the child they have together. Generally speaking, the […]

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What is the Role of the Office of the Children's Lawyer?

Fortunately, most married parents manage to divorce their spouses without ever having to get the provincial Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) involved.    However, in a relatively small proportion of family law custody […]

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