Whether you're the payor or the recipient, it's important to know what Section 7 child support expenses cover and how they'll be factored into the overall child support equation.
Both Section 7 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines and the Alberta Child Support Guidelines discuss child support expenses that are payable in addition to the monthly basic amount.
These payments are typically sent by one parent to the other to compensate for unusual or "extraordinary" expenses incurred during the child's upbringing.
This page explains what Section 7 child support costs include and how they are factored into the total child support computation.
What are the Alberta Section 7 expenses?
Standard child support covers the day-to-day expenses of raising a child, including food, clothes, transportation, etc.
Section 7 of the rules covers six primary sources of increased child support expenses. These are as follows:
If daycare or hiring a nanny expenditures are incurred, the payor parent must contribute to the after-tax charges.
University and college expenses
In Alberta, parents are required to pay for their children's tuition, books, and living expenses associated with a college or university education.
If the child lives at home while studying, a similar arrangement may be in place, but once the child reaches the age of 18, it is normal to expect him or her to pay to the associated living expenses or schooling fees. The remainder of the expenses are often split between the parents.
Extraordinary school fees
Extra charges may be incurred in conventional elementary or secondary school, in addition to university or college education expenses. Section 7 expenses include the costs of private tutoring or charter school tuition.
Healthcare requirements for the uninsured
If the payor's (or recipient's) insurance does not entirely cover the costs of a child's medical treatment, Section 7 child support expenses will be required to cover the difference.
Premiums for health insurance
Section 7 standards will also require payment of costs related with healthcare premiums meant to cover the child.
Extraordinary (or "extracurricular") costs
Extraordinary or extracurricular expenses are those incurred as a result of activities such as sports, extra classes, school trips, and so on.