REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan is introducing legislation to make obtaining child support easier for parents, children and caregivers.
The Family Maintenance Amendment Act, 2022 will provide people the option to forego court and go straight to the Child Support Service to determine initial child support amounts. Previously, the service could recalculate only existing child support orders or agreements.
The legislation also allows a caregiver or other person to apply for child support for a child over the age of 18 and an adult child to apply for child support on their own behalf. Decisions on whether support is appropriate will be determined by the court and dependent on the circumstances. Administrative calculation can be used in situations where there is no existing child support order or agreement in place.
The Child Support Service was created as the Child Support Recalculation Service in 2018 to provide parents with a faster and less costly way to update their income information for child support payments. Either parent can apply to the program.