Custody, Parenting & Child Support
Child Support in Alberta
Under the Family Law Act, there is a responsibility of the parent to support the child; even in the situation that one parent does not participate in the physical care of the child/children.
Child support is the legal right of the child.
The parent who the child lives with the majority of the time is entitled to receive child support from the other parent. If a child spends time equally with both parents, the parent with the higher income will most often be responsible to pay the other parent child support.
What are the child support guidelines in Alberta?
Child support in Alberta is based on the Federal Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines follow certain rules that the courts use to set child support amounts.
The amounts are based on how much the payer earns annually and how many children the payer is paying to support. Each province has its own table and this is the table for support in Alberta.
How do you calculate child support in Alberta?
Use the Federal Child Support Guidelines to calculate the amount of child support to be paid monthly. For a quick calculation try the child support calculator.
Child Support Calculator
How is annual income calculated for child support?
To figure out the correct child support amount in the Federal Tables, you need to know the paying parent's annual income. The income for determining child support in Alberta may be different from the income for determining taxes. More information can be found on how to calculate income in the Step-by-Step Guide.
How does the Universal Child Care Benefit applt to child support?
Parents in Alberta receive the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). When parents separate, the parent who claims the child for tax purposes receives this UCCB payment. The Universal Child Care Benefit is not always included in guideline income. This benefit is not included in the income calculation when:
- You are calculating how much each parent should pay for special expenses
- There is a special expense for the child for whom the Universal Child Care Benefit is paid.
What is the age of majority in Alberta?
The age of majority in Alberta is 18 years of age.
Why are there Alberta Guidelines as well as Federal Child Support Guidelines?
The Federal Child Support guidelines do not assist those parents that are not making use of the Divorce Act. It is desirable to make sure that all children are treated the same for child support purposes. Therefore, the Alberta Guidelines were created as part of the Family Law Act to be used in all cases where the Divorce Act may not apply.
Families and the Law
Child Custody And Parenting Booklet
This booklet explains what constitutes an Adult Interdependent Relationship in Alberta.