As per Canadian Law, dependent children need to be financially supported by their parents. Dependent children are defined as children aged 18 or younger, though few exceptions exist.
If parents of the child do not live together, the parent who cares for the child for maximum time receives child support payments from the other parent. It is possible that more than one parent pays child support.
When both parents spend almost the equal amount of time with their children, child support is paid by the parent who has higher income, and they are called payor. A stepparent or a person with a parent-like relationship with the child is known as a payor.
The Parents have an obligation to protect their children in all circumstances including when:
- The Parent does not reside with the child;
- The parent does not meet the child;
- One parent is not legally married to the other;
- One parent does not live with the other;
- One parent has no regular contact with the other;
- One parent has other children from a new or previous relationship
Child support and income assistance by way of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program are received by a parent in certain circumstances.