Experienced Child Support Attorneys
After a marriage breakdown or legal separation, you may wonder about the welfare of your children. Under the Civil Code of Quebec, parents are required to keep providing for their children’s needs, regardless of their child custody arrangement. Child support is the amount one parent owes to another after a separation or divorce. It is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to support the child’s daily needs, such as food and housing.
If you are currently going through divorce proceedings and are worried about child support, it is important to speak to a child support lawyer. Family law attorneys at Goldwater Dubé can explain the child support process and advise you on how best to proceed. Negotiating child support can be difficult, and we can help you obtain the most favourable outcome for your child.
How Are Child Support Payments Determined?
Child support payments are determined at an amount that can maintain the same quality of life for the child as before the divorce or legal separation. If both parents live in Quebec, child support will be determined following the Quebec child support payment regulations. But, if one parent lives outside Quebec, the federal child support guidelines will apply.
Can You Cancel Child Support Payments?
Child support payments do not end automatically when your child turns eighteen. Since the payments are court-ordered, they can only end with a court judgment.
You may request the court to cancel your support payments. But, your child must be financially independent and over eighteen. In some cases, the court may cancel the support even if your child is not financially independent.
You should discuss your plan with your child before applying for cancellation, as they will be given a chance to argue against the new arrangement. If both parents agree to end child support, they may make an agreement between themselves. Our attorneys can help file a well-drafted agreement to present to the court.
If you stop the payment of child support without getting a court judgment, you may face penalties. Your property may be seized and sold by Revenu Québec or by the custodial parent. The other party may also bring a lawsuit against you for failing to respect the court order.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Goldwater Dubé Child Support Lawyer?
With child support cases, it is advisable to have an experienced child support lawyer. Even if you do not need one for your initial hearing, certain issues may arise during the court process.
Regardless of the type of relationship you have with your ex-partner, situations can change. In such case, you may need to modify your payment plan or child support details.
Negotiating the child support terms may be difficult when you do not get along with your ex-partner. We can help you resolve any conflict around this issue through mediation and avoid going to court.
Our child support lawyers can:
Negotiate with your ex-spouse
Advise you on child support laws and your rights
Prepare all the necessary forms and documentation
Accurately calculate and modify child support payments
Represent you in court
Speak to an Experienced Child Support Lawyer
Goldwater Dubé is a family law firm that has been handling family disputes for more than three decades. We have resolved several child and spousal support cases regardless of their complexity.
If you are facing issues concerning child support, contact our law firm today for passionate legal counsel.