Child and Spousal Support


1. Child Support

Parents are expected to financially support their children. This may mean that they pay support to the other parent. Sometimes, stepparents are expected to pay support.

The basic level of child support is determined by the income of the parent. The higher the income, the more support a parent is expected to pay and this is based upon the Child Support Guidelines. This is called Section 3 support.

Certain special expenses are shared proportionate to income. If one parent makes $75,000 per year and the other earns $25,000  they split costs 75% -25%.

These include daycare costs, health costs, some education costs including University, and extracurricular expenses in certain cases. This is called Section 7 support.


Your income is determined based on your financial resources. The starting point is your income found on line 150 of your Income Tax Return. That may be adjusted upwards in many circumstances such as a person owning a business through a company, someone being underemployed or for many other reasons. Union dues and similar expenses are deducted from income.

Shared Custody

If people share custody such that each has between 40% and 60% of the parenting time, they often agree to set off support owed between each other. This means that the higher income spouse will pay the difference between what they should pay and the lower income spouse should pay. However, this is not always the case.

For a simple calculator follow this link.

2. Spousal Support

Spouses are expected to support one another. The higher income spouse may be required to support the lower income spouse. The main factors the law considers are the length of time a couple has been cohabiting, whether there are dependent children at home, and the income difference between the couple. The amount of spousal support can vary from case to case.

Spousal support has several purposes including addressing the needs of the recipient spouse, permitting them to rehabilitate economically and to compensate them for financial sacrifices made to the other spouse. Spousal support may be payable indefinitely, especially after long-term marriages. 

The amount of spousal support can vary from case to case but is mostly determined on the basis of the difference in the income, whether there are dependent children at home and how long a couple have lived together.

At Settle Now Online we will review child support and spousal support in every case.

Frequently asked questions


At SettleNow.Online, we deal with separation and divorce differently. For most couples, divorce/separation is pretty simple. However, the legal system makes it complicated. Learn more about how SettleNow.Online works here.

Yes – if you want to go to court in Regina or Prince Albert you must engage in one of four early dispute resolution processes (mediation, arbitration, collaborative law or parenting coordination) before the court will allow you to bring a court application. A judge can waive this requirement in exceptional situations.

Yes – we will help you get an agreement which you can use to obtain your divorce.

Yes – whether you’re married or unmarried, our agreements can help you deal with questions arising from separation.

Our website provides you with basic information about settlement, and various aspects of divorce, how to approach divorce or separation.

Often people are not emotionally ready or are not certain as to whether divorce is for them and should consider seeing a family counsellor or other mental health professional about whether they should separate or try to stay together.

We do not provide legal advice but with legal information. Any agreement for dividing property must be reviewed and signed by a lawyer. We will help you with that process.
If you have a question we will get back to you within 24 hours on any technical issues that you may have. We use backup systems for when our technology is not working.

Yes – For any valid mediation or any valid contract, both you and your spouse will need to sign any documents either in person or electronically.

You do not need to use the same computer or be on a computer at the same time. You can access our site through any device at a time that works for you. Sometimes we will expect both of you to be electronically present at a meeting where everyone will attend through the use of online conferencing technology.

We provide basic information about the law in Saskatchewan and how it works. Specific legal questions need to be answered by a lawyer.
Unfortunately, if you’re unable to locate or get a hold of your spouse, we cannot help you. You may need to review this with a lawyer who can try to get you legal relief even when your spouse cannot be found.
No – we can put in our agreement how you will get your divorce, who will do it how you will share the cost.
We can provide you with a certificate of completion of mediation that will allow you to go to Court if you do not settle. However, if you are married you will need to go to court to obtain a divorce. This is simple if you have settled. If you are not married, you may never need to go to court.
Most often, people at the start of a divorce do not feel that they will be able to settle anything but once a proper mediation process is used, they find that they can settle everything. We can prepare a partial agreement to settle some issues and leave others to be resolved in other ways through a judge, arbitration, a parenting coordinator or through some other way. Sometimes, some issues never need to be settled.

The costs will depend on how complicated your case is.

An hourly rate will be charged plus PST and GST.

These fees do not include any out-of-pocket costs such as real estate appraisals, personal property valuations, or accountant’s advice which you will be expected to pay directly.

We will consider offering you a “Flat Fee” arrangement depending on your case.

Payment can be made by way of visa or other authorized credit cards, electronic transfer or cheque.

No, but if you have property outside of Saskatchewan different rules may apply. For some rights to exist you must have lived together more than two years.
Settle now is currently only available in Saskatchewan. We hope to expand soon.

Absolutely – and it may be the best way to go. Children are your most important concern. Your children will benefit if you and your spouse can agree.

Absolutely – we provide help gathering information, reviewing it and understanding it.

Absolutely – working together on farms and businesses is more effective because we can get the assistance of qualified financial professionals to review information.

Legal disputes over splitting a farm or business can be extremely costly and take years.

Yes – you can you SettleNow.Online, but it may be more difficult depending on where the children reside primarily. Get in touch with us to explore your options.

No. If there is a family property settlement you will require a lawyer to give you independent advice and perhaps for finalizing the transfer of assets.

Click here to learn more about whether you need a lawyer, how to find one, and more.

Choose a lawyer who has your best interests at heart. Check to see if they have training in mediation or collaborative law.  Make sure that the lawyer understands your goals and desire to settle. If they start talking about court early, question them about whether your case will ever go to trial.

Yes. If you need to discuss anything with your lawyer you should do so whenever the situation arises. They can also communicate with the mediator and review any documents that have been produced.

Your lawyer can attend any meetings you want them to at your cost.

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