Child Support Lawyers

Child support in Ontario is designed to ensure that children receive financial support from both parents, even if they are no longer together. The primary goal is to prioritize the financial best interests and well-being of the child.

Determining child support payments often revolves around calculating the paying parent’s income. For most employees, this is relatively straightforward, as their income can be established through pay stubs and annual tax returns. However, complications can arise when dealing with self-employed individuals.

Complexities in Self-Employed Income Determination

Self-employed individuals have more complex financial situations, making it challenging to determine their true income for child support purposes. Here are some of the complexities involved:

– Income Fluctuations: Self-employed individuals may experience fluctuations in their income from year to year, which can affect child support calculations. It may be appropriate to consider an average income over time in some cases.

– Business Expenses: Determining what qualifies as a legitimate business expense can be contentious. Some expenses may be necessary for business operations, while others could be personal and not deductible for child support calculations.

– Undisclosed Income: Some self-employed individuals may attempt to underreport their income to reduce child support obligations. This can complicate matters, and thorough investigations may be needed to uncover hidden income.

– Business Valuation: If a self-employed parent owns a business, its valuation can be a complex process. Deciding what portion of the business’ income should be considered for child support purposes can be contentious.

Given the complexities surrounding income determination for self-employed individuals, it’s crucial to seek professional assistance. Sudano Law PC has the expertise to help navigate you through these complexities and advocate for a fair child support arrangement that serves the child’s best interests.

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