Child Support

Both parents are responsible for maintaining their children. The amount of child support that you are required to provide may be determined by having a Child Support Assessment carried out by the Child Support Agency (“CSA”).

What is the Child Support Assessment?

This is where the CSA uses a formula from legislation to work out the payments to be made. The formula takes into consideration:

Are there alternatives to a Child Support Assessment 

Yes. Parents are able to enter into different types of child support agreements with or without the intervention of the CSA. These can be either long term or short term agreements.

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is when one partner provides financial support for their former partner on an ongoing basis.

Why is spousal maintenance paid?

Both partners have a duty to support and maintain each other after separation or divorce. Spousal maintenance is not automatic, and often is considered as part of an overall settlement of financial matters.

How much support is required?

This depends largely on two considerations:

The list of considerations taken into account include:

When must an application for spousal maintenance be made?

An application for spousal maintenance must be made within 12 months of a divorce becoming final.