Child support is now determined by reference to the federal child-support guidelines. Since 1997, we have had tables provided under that legislation that prescribes what child support should be, based upon the income of the paying party, and there are tables for one child, two children, etc. There is a second pronged child support, and that’s what’s referred to as Section 7 expenses, which are extra-curricular, special, or extraordinary expenses, and those expenses are shared proportionate to the incomes of the two parties.
Danny Zack is a partner who practices family law and collaborative law with Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick in Richmond, BC. He has represented the Ministry of Children and Family Development (and its predecessors) in doing child-protection work since 1975. He can be reached at (604) 270-9571. View his firm’s Divorce Magazine profile.