Child support for children in Ontario is determined by using a government mandated table based on income called the Child Support Guidelines. A parent must pay child support if you are the non-custodial, and/or non-principal residence parent.
The legislation (the Family Law Act, the Divorce Act, and the Succession Law Reform Act) stipulates the obligations with respect to financial support for spouses. Essentially each spouse has an obligation to try and become self-supporting if able, healthy, young enough.
The Family Law Act is the legislation that applies in the province of Ontario to the division of property between spouses upon a marriage breakdown. This means separation or even a death, if a spouse is not provided for adequately in the deceased spouse’s last will and testament.
In Ontario a divorce may be granted on a one year separation or a no fault based on one year separation for other grounds such as adultery. Generally most divorces are based on no-fault one year separation.
Settlements can be reached within the context of litigation, during that litigation and incorporated into Minutes of Settlement to be prepared to the Court for a court order with the courts approval or by way of Separation Agreements.
Mediation is a way of resolving a dispute with the assistance of an unbiased, impartial person. The Mediator’s role is to assist each spouse in their negotiations. The goal of a mediator is to find mutually acceptable solutions to the family law problems.