Every parent has an obligation to support their child(ren). In order to provide uniformity in the determination of the quantum (or amount) of support owing, the Child Support Guidelines were created. As stated within the legislation, the objectives of the Guidelines are:
- To establish a fair standard of support for children that ensures that they continue to benefit from the financial means of both parents after separation;
- To reduce conflict and tension between parents by making the calculation of child support orders more objective;
- To improve the efficiency of the legal process by giving courts and parents guidance in setting the levels of child support orders and encouraging settlement; and
- To ensure consistent treatment of parents and children who are in similar circumstances.
As such, the factors considered when determining the amount of child support are dependent upon:
- The parenting schedule (or residency arrangements of the children);
- The number of children; and
- The income of the party (or both parties where there is a shared parenting schedule).