The Québec model for the determination of child support payments

Answers to your questions: a step-by-step guide to the process

Since May 1, 1997, the Québec model for the determination of child support payments has specified the rules used to calculate child support payments when two parents separate or divorce.

This section of the website contains general information. Given the importance of the choices you are required to make, you should seek advice if needed before finalizing your decision. For more information, please contact us.

This brochure, published by the Ministère de la Justice, will help guide you through the process of obtaining the determination or review of a child support payment.

The Québec model for the determination of child support payments: Answers to your questions: a step-by-step guide to the process

A printed version of the brochure is available in all courthouses.

The brochure is also distributed to participants at the parenting after separation information sessions, for parents who separate, available in 42 courthouses. The sessions help parents deal more effectively with their breakup and settle the details of their separation, whether through family mediation or via the courts.

The amounts in the Table to determine the basic parental contribution are adjusted each year, mainly to reflect changes in the federal and provincial income tax systems. As a result, the applicable amounts may be the same as or higher or lower than the amounts appearing in the Table for the previous year.

Child support payments are calculated on the basis of the income of both parents, the number of children, the custody arrangements and certain additional expenses to meet a child’s specific needs.

The first step is for the father and mother to complete the Child Support Determination Form, jointly or separately, regardless of whether or not they have already agreed on the amount of support.

The brochure The Québec model for the determination of child support payments: Answers to your questions: a step-by-step guide to the process will help you complete the form using the examples provided.

The parents must also complete the form Statement Required under Article 444 of the Code of Civil Procedure (chapter C-25.01) concerning the situation of each parent. .

Legal aid offices provide an affordable service for parents who have separated, allowing them to obtain a review of a family court judgment (the Homologation Assistance Service).

They also offer an affordable, on-line service for the recalculation of child support payments in simple cases in which a parent’s income has changed, without involving the courts (the Child Support Recalculation Service, or SARPA).

The services are available to all parents, whether or not they are eligible for legal aid. See the section legal aid for more information.

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