If the amount already paid was less than what is provided for in the federal guidelines for child welfare, your agreement may include a one-time payment to offset the amount of family allowances that should have been paid for that period. This is called retroactive child maintenance. You can accept that no retroactive child allowance is due. There is now a growing number of separated parents who would prefer to conclude a private maintenance contract for family allowances rather than request the determination of maintenance payments for children through the legal procedure. These parents believe that the provision of family allowances is a private matter between them. If you are unable to agree on child support, you can request an administrative assessment from the Department of Human Services (Child Support). For example, Robin agrees to pay tuition for Elise of $5,000 per year. Fees must be paid to Sunny Coast College. Robin`s annual family allowance rate is expected to be reduced by $2,500. Where a maintenance agreement provides that family allowances are paid in a manner different from that of regular amounts, it may be established that the annual maintenance rate to be paid for the children as part of the administrative assessment is reduced by an amount or percentage (up to 100%) corresponding to the annual value of the child support to be paid in accordance with the agreement (CSA Act Section 84(1)(d) and Section 84(6)). However, where a child meeting any of the above conditions is unable to support himself or herself because of illness, disability or educational at-raising, the parties shall verify and determine the child`s maintenance on the basis of the child`s actual and reasonable needs and expenses, less the amount that the child should contribute to his or her own support.
Most provincial and territorial child welfare guidelines are similar to federal guidelines. However, there may be some differences. For information on provincial or territorial policies, contact the Department of Justice or the Attorney General of that province or territory or visit their website. For more information, see guidelines that can help you make decisions about helping children. It also comes with several considerations that give you the certainty that you have agreed on a fair amount for child assistance. While federal guidelines have similarities to most territorial and provincial child assistance guidelines, they also have some differences.. . . .