Effective Child Support Alternatives: A Comprehensive Guide

Child Support Guidelines
Alternative Child Support

Child Support in Ontario

  • ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT: The parents plan to let their children spend equal time with each parent.

    ACTUAL REALITY: One parent ends up being more flexible and responsible, spending more time with the children, leading to increased expenses for this parent with no child support to cover them.

  • ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT: The parents sign a mutual agreement covering expenses for their kids. One parent routinely objects to expenses that the other parent deems important.

    ACTUAL REALITY: The other parent is left with the unenviable choice of having to pay   for these disputed expenses, or depriving their child of something they think is essential.

  • ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT: The parents come to a mutual agreement over child custody and payments.

    ACTUAL REALITY: One of the parents frequently has to ask the other for money, giving the parent who’s being asked for this money inappropriate control over the life of their former spouse.

  • ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT: The parents agree that one of them should pay a fixed expense towards the house or car for the other.

    ACTUAL REALITY: The parent supposed to be paying doesn’t always make the payment, leaving the other parent with the asset at risk and no child support.

  • ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT: The parents plan to share expenses for their children.

    ACTUAL REALITY: One parent always seems to be short of cash, leaving the other to make up the shortfall with no easy way of recording the other’s failure to pay.

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Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

I assist intelligent and successful couples in crafting rapid, custom separation agreements that pave the way for a smooth transition towards a secure future. This efficient process is achieved in about four meetings, effectively sidestepping the excessive conflicts, confusion, and costs commonly linked to legal proceedings. Clients have the flexibility to collaborate with me either via video conference or in-person through a DTSW associate at any of our six Greater Toronto mediation centers, located in Aurora, Barrie, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

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