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How Long Do You Have to Pay Child Support?

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In Ontario, most child support orders are valid until the child turns 18. However, there are some exceptions that can extend an order. Sometimes, if the child turns 18 during their last year of secondary school, the support order could remain in place until the child graduates. Ontario also allows some support orders to remain active if the child decides to pursue college and is still a dependent during this time.

When you are issued a child support order, it’s important to review it fully so you know what the terms are, how much the support order is per month, and how long it lasts. If you have any questions about your child support order, our law firm can help you understand what it covers and what your options are if you think it should be different.

When Are Child Support Orders Issued?

Child support orders are issued when the parents of a child divorce. Child support orders can also be issued if two parents never married but one parent believes they may be entitled to a support order and petitions the court. It’s common for support orders to be issued in combination with child custody orders. The child support agency has to determine the amount of support from the financial records of the parents, so it can take some time to be finalized and put in place.

Can I Ask for a Modification to a Child Support Order?

It is possible for child support to be modified after it has been put in place. The first step is to look over your existing order and decide what change you are requesting. One of the most common modification requests is to lower the amount of child support ordered based on the payor losing a job or decreasing income. Next, you will need to file the paperwork with the courts and serve the other parent. If both parties agree to the change, the courts can modify the order and make it final. If the parties disagree, the case goes before the courts to make the final determination.

Can a lawyer Help Me With a Child Support Order?

While child support modifications are usually straightforward, a lawyer can be a valuable asset. They can ensure that the paperwork is completed correctly, filed with the appropriate departments and that it clearly explains the reason for the modification request. If the case has to go to the courts, a family lawyer can argue your position in the courts so that you don’t have to worry about preparing notes or going before a judge.

If you live in the Toronto area and are interested in modifying your child support order, schedule an appointment with our firm today to go over your options. We have experience with child support orders, including initial orders and modification requests, and can walk you through the process. Call 647-933-2397 to get started.

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