How is child support calculated?

The Child Support Guidelines calculate the base amount of support by taking the payor parent’s annual income and the number of children for whom support is being paid. Using those two factors it is determined what percentage of the payor’s income will be ordered as child support.

That base amount is referred to as the “Table Amount”. This amount is determined as per the Child Support Guidelines by the paying parent’s gross annual income and the number of children.

What may be added on top are special or extraordinary expenses, often called “section 7 expenses”.They are set out in section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines. These expenses include things like daycare, private tutoring, or health care and dental expenses. These section 7 expenses are divided between the parents, with each parent paying in proportion to his or her income.

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