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Title: child support
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Child support is the amount of money that one parent pays to the other parent to support their child financially. The money is paid to the parent who has the child living with them most of the time. The person who pays child support is called the payor parent.

The amount of child support that the payor parent pays is usually based on the Child Support Guidelines.

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The Child Support Guidelines are the rules used to calculate how much child support a parent pays to help support their child financially.

The Guidelines include amounts of monthly child support that are based on the income of the parent who is paying support and the number of children they have to support. There is a separate table with amounts for each province. The table amounts cover expenses like clothes, food, and basic school supplies.

The Guidelines also include special or extraordinary expenses that may be paid in addition to the table amounts.

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The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has a legal duty to make sure that children are protected from harm. The government has given them this job. In some places in Ontario, CAS is called Child and Family Services.

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Most people who apply to become Canadian citizens have to show that they have enough knowledge of Canada and what it means to be a Canadian citizen. They usually do this by passing a written test that's called the citizenship test.

Title: civil court
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A civil court deals with non-criminal matters, such as when a person sues someone else.

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Civil forfeiture is a process in civil court where a judge decides on a balance of probabilities whether or not the police have to return items that they took from you. The judge will decide that the police can keep the items, if it’s “more likely than not” that the item was:

  • bought with money made from a crime, or
  • used to commit a crime.
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A claim number is the unique number that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) gives to each injury you report. It’s on the first letter that you get from the WSIB and all other WSIB documents about your injury.

Title: Claimant
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A claimant is somebody who is getting or claiming EI benefits.

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When you apply for a job or volunteer position, you might be asked for a criminal record check. Instead of a criminal record check, you may be able to get a clearance letter from your local police.

A clearance letter confirms that as of the date of the letter, you don’t have any:

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At the end of your trial, you get a chance to briefly tell the judge why you should get the court order you're asking for. This is called a closing statement. Your closing statement should be based on: 

  • what you or other witnesses said
  • the documents used as evidence
  • family law rules and laws

You cannot talk about any new information that wasn’t used as evidence in the trial.

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