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Federal Child Support Guidelines

Version of section 2 from 2021-03-01 to 2024-01-31:

Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in these Guidelines.


    Act means the Divorce Act. (Loi)


    child means a child of the marriage. (enfant)


    income means the annual income determined under sections 15 to 20. (revenu)

    majority of parenting time

    majority of parenting time means a period of time that is more than 60% of parenting time over the course of a year. (majorité du temps parental)

    order assignee

    order assignee means a minister, member or agency referred to in subsection 20.1(1) of the Act to whom a child support order is assigned in accordance with that subsection. (cessionnaire de la créance alimentaire)


    spouse[Repealed, SOR/2020-247, s. 1]


    table means a federal child support table set out in Schedule I. (table)

    universal child care benefit

    universal child care benefit means a benefit provided under section 4 of the Universal Child Care Benefit Act. (prestation universelle pour la garde d’enfants)

  • Marginal note:Income Tax Act

    (2) Words and expressions that are used in sections 15 to 21 and that are not defined in this section have the meanings assigned to them under the Income Tax Act.

  • Marginal note:Most current information

    (3) Where, for the purposes of these Guidelines, any amount is determined on the basis of specified information, the most current information must be used.

  • Marginal note:Application of Guidelines

    (4) In addition to child support orders, these Guidelines apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, to

    • (a) interim orders under subsections 15.1(2), 18.1(12) or 19(10) of the Act;

    • (b) orders varying a child support order;

    • (c) orders under subsections 18.1(15) or 19(13) of the Act;

    • (c.1) calculations of child support under subsection 25.01(1) of the Act; and

    • (d) recalculations of the amount of child support orders under subsection 25.1(1) of the Act.

  • Marginal note:Calculations and recalculations

    (5) For greater certainty, the provisions of these Guidelines that confer a discretionary power on a court do not apply to calculations or recalculations by a provincial child support service under subsection 25.01(1) or 25.1(1) of the Act.

  • SOR/2007-59, s. 1
  • SOR/2020-247, s. 1

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