26 November 2011

New Child Support Tables for 2012

The federal Department of Justice has announced new child support tables for the Child Support Guidelines which will take effect on 31 December 2011. The tables were last updated in 2006.

According to the Department's notice, the same formulas were used to determine the new amounts as were used in 2006, and any changes in the new tables are the result of changes in federal and provincial tax rules.

The changes are relatively minor. Some payors with incomes below $50,000 per year may see their child support obligations decrease:
$25,000 income
one child = $213 per month ($230 under 2006 tables)
three children = $533 per month ($525 under 2006 tables)
six children = $680 per month ($751 under 2006 tables)

$50,000 income
one child = $458 per month ($465 under 2006 tables)
three children = $998 per month ($994 under 2006 tables)
six children = $1496 per month ($1482 under 2006 tables)
Most payors, however, will see their child support obligations increase:
$75,000 income
one child = $701 per month ($698 under 2006 tables)
three children = $1483 per month ($1459 under 2006 tables)
six children = $2205 per month ($2162 under 2006 tables)

$100,000 income
one child = $921 per month ($906 under 2006 tables)
three children = $1923 per month ($1875 under 2006 tables)
six children = $2848 per month ($2770 under 2006 tables)
The Department has also published a great child support calculator for the new tables. Note that the old tables will remain in force until the new tables take effect at the end of December.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for doing the math on a few examples!

    The child support calculator is very nice to see, but I hope they prepare Simplified Tables like the ones that exist for the current Guidelines! The Simplified Tables are a really handy resource and I'd hate to lose them.

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  2. I'm sure they will. The simplified tables are very popular.

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  3. The court made a child support order in my matter in mid December 2011. I just noticed that under the new guidelines I would pay less - can I go back and have it varied according to the new tables? Would I require a change in circumstance?

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  4. When is it possible for someone to lower support payment? What is required?

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    1. In Canada, child support is primarily based on the income of the payor. In general, although this is a generalization, if the payor's income goes down for reasons beyond his or her control, the amount of child support will go down, with either the recipient's agreement or a court order.

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  5. Thank you! Is it best I fill out a financial statement and give it to my ex like we did for child support originally? Or will the judge automatically lower my payments?

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    1. I'm sorry, I can't give legal advice. You might get an answer to your question in the Child Support > Making Changes chapter of my website:

      http://www.bcfamilylawresource.com/04/0403body.htm

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  6. WOW I sure wished we live where these guidelines are in effet. My husband makes $30,000 a year and has to pay $204 per week child support, $10,608 per year for one child. The child support guidelines in Georgia are STUPID. I know for a fact after raising three kids that it does not cost this kind of money to take care of a childs needs. But with Georgia guidelines he is responsible for 78% of his childs support. He didn't take 78% part in making the child. So basically what Georgia states for him is that it takes $13,600 per year to take care of an 9 year old child that lives an average everyday life and not upper class. When are we gonna get a fair law in Georgia?

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    1. Fair law? How about just stepping up and taking are of the child? Maybe he should work a second aprt-time job or make more money in general. $612.00 a month is not a lot of money to care for a child. This child needs: shelter, food, medical & dental, clothes, and all of the small extras, it adds up even when you shop at Walmart, second-hand stores and consignment shops. Having children is expensive, there is no way around it and it beocmes more expensive as they age and need more food, braces. My advice is stop having kids if you are so upset about his having to pay for them - No one has children to try and save money.

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  7. What if each parent has 1 child each? He earns over $54,000. Per year and has 16 year old child in his custody - she earns $23,000. Per year and has 12 year old child in her custody. How would that calculate?
    Confused welshie

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    1. That's a situation called "split custody" and is addressed by s. 8 of the Child Support Guidelines. You can get more information about split custody on my website at:

      http://www.bcfamilylawresource.com/04/0402body.htm#shared

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