Continued from Part 1
So you will recall from Part 1, that one’s child support obligation does not necessarily end when a child turns 18. Nor does the obligation necessarily end once the adult-child has obtained one post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate.
How about if the adult-child neither has nor wants anything to do with the ‘payor’ parent? Surely, the estranged parent should not be required to continue subsidizing the child’s ongoing education? Surely, the parent should not have to pay ongoing Guideline table support? Right?
Many people assume that a child support obligation would end when a child is no longer a child—i.e. when the child reaches the age of majority.
An adult child could still be entitled to ongoing support if s/he is still considered a ‘child of the marriage’ as defined by the Divorce Act…
Blake R. Lyngseth, Ottawa lawyer & mediator. Blogs primarily on issues of Ontario & Canadian family law & estate law.