In B.C., every dependent child has the legal right to receive financial support from both of their parents.
In the immediate aftermath of a separation, when the wounds of the split are at their most raw, it’s easy to understand why some parents object reflexively to the idea that they must make payments to their ex, but they are not allowed to refuse to pay child support.
Any payors who are struggling to overcome their resentment may do better to think of their former partner receiving support on behalf of their shared offspring since the payments are intended as fulfilment of the child’s entitlement, rather than for the benefit of the recipient.
Payments are broken down into two main types: first, basic child support, which is generally determined pursuant to the Federal Child Support Guidelines, based on a calculation that takes into account the parenting schedule, gross incomes, and the number of children.
The second category of child support covers special or extraordinary expenses, often referred to as section 7 expenses, (section 7 of the federal guidelines). Some of the more significant expenses to fall under section 7 include post-secondary education, the portion of medical or dental insurance premiums attributable to the child, health-related expenses that exceed insurance reimbursement by at least $100 annually, and extraordinary expenses for extracurricular activities. These expenses are most often shared between parents in proportion to their respective incomes.