glossary

primarily responsible parent

The law says that the parent who’s “primarily responsible” is the one who takes care of their child on a daily basis. If both parents do this, it’s the parent who spends more time taking care of the child’s needs.

In a family with a female and male parent, the law considers the female parent to be primarily responsible. Same-sex parents or fathers who apply for the Canada child benefit may need a letter from the child’s other parent saying that they’re primarily responsible.

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