Federal Child Support Guidelines

Version of section 7 from 2006-03-22 to 2006-04-30:

Marginal note:Special or extraordinary expenses
  •  (1) In a child support order the court may, on either spouse’s request, provide for an amount to cover all or any portion of the following expenses, which expenses may be estimated, taking into account the necessity of the expense in relation to the child’s best interests and the reasonableness of the expense in relation to the means of the spouses and those of the child and to the family’s spending pattern prior to the separation:

    • (a) child care expenses incurred as a result of the custodial parent’s employment, illness, disability or education or training for employment;

    • (b) that portion of the medical and dental insurance premiums attributable to the child;

    • (c) health-related expenses that exceed insurance reimbursement by at least $100 annually, including orthodontic treatment, professional counselling provided by a psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist or any other person, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and prescription drugs, hearing aids, glasses and contact lenses;

    • (d) extraordinary expenses for primary or secondary school education or for any other educational programs that meet the child’s particular needs;

    • (e) expenses for post-secondary education; and

    • (f) extraordinary expenses for extracurricular activities.

  • Marginal note:Sharing of expense

    (2) The guiding principle in determining the amount of an expense referred to in subsection (1) is that the expense is shared by the spouses in proportion to their respective incomes after deducting from the expense, the contribution, if any, from the child.

  • Marginal note:Subsidies, tax deductions, etc.

    (3) In determining the amount of an expense referred to in subsection (1), the court must take into account any subsidies, benefits or income tax deductions or credits relating to the expense, and any eligibility to claim a subsidy, benefit or income tax deduction or credit relating to the expense.

  • SOR/2000-337, s. 1;
  • SOR/2000-390, s. 1(F).
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