Mississauga Divorce Lawyers Advising Clients on Spousal & Child Support
It is not unusual for a couple going through separation or divorce to disagree about the matter of spousal support or child support. Regardless of whether you are the payor or payee spouse, the calculation of support payments can have a massive impact on your financial security and personal well being. If you are trying to navigate child or spousal support issues, you need to trust that your family lawyer understands these complex matters and will help guide you to a resolution that is in your best interests and the best interests of your children.
At Campbell Bader LLP, we have been helping clients with child support and spousal support matters since 1999. We are proud of the reputation for excellence we have established during that time, and the great many families we have assisted. Our empathetic and pragmatic team of family law lawyers will help you stay focused if we feel you are in a difficult emotional environment. Let us help you move forward and ensure your children are protected.
In Ontario, the Federal Child Support Guidelines set out who is responsible for support payments, and the amounts that must be paid. These are based on the income of the non-recipient, which is usually the non-custodial parent. On top of the rates set out in the Guidelines, extraordinary expenses may also be required for things like health care and education.
While the Guidelines provide some degree of assistance, it is not unusual for disputes to arise over the proper amount of child support. Because support is calculated based on the payor spouse’s income, imputing a different amount of income can vastly alter the amount of support owed. In some situations, income is identified by reference to reported income from tax returns. However, for business owners and other high net worth individuals, there may be additional or other sources or forms of income to consider.
At Campbell Bader LLP in Mississauga, we understand that calculating the appropriate amount of child support is crucial to maintaining everyone’s financial security. Our family lawyers have the background and experience to review business records, balance sheets, and other documentation to help families ascertain the proper support payments owing under the law.
Spousal support, or alimony, is a form of equalization payment made by a higher income spouse to a lower income spouse. Unlike child support, there are no formal guidelines that govern the amount that must be paid. Instead, factors such as the length of the relationship, relative income and financial need, and whether one spouse voluntarily reduced their earning capacity for the benefit of the relationship will be considered.
Even more than child support, spousal support matters tend to get contentious quickly. A payor spouse may resent having to finance their ex, or a payee spouse may question the amount of money they are receiving and think that they ought to receive more.
At Campbell Bader LLP, our highly experienced and knowledgeable family law lawyers have the skill and background to effectively represent clients in spousal support disputes. We are adept at reviewing financial information including business records and other important documentation to ensure you are complying with your legal obligations or are receiving the full support you are entitled to.
Practical and Thoughtful Family Law Advice for Child and Spousal Support
Whether you need advice about spousal support, child support, or both, our family lawyers offer practical advice that is tailored to your personal needs. We have decades of collective experience helping our clients resolve their family disputes quickly while minimizing unnecessary expenses. To learn more about how we can help you contact us online or at 905-828-2247.