What should we do if we can’t agree on child support?

3. Go to court

If you and your partner still cannot agree on even with the help of a family law professional, or if this is not the right option for you, one of you will have to start a family law court case.

Going to court can be a complicated process and it can take a lot of time. It can be stressful and expensive, but it is sometimes necessary to decide your issues.

This family law court process flowchart explains each step in a family law court case. It tells you what happens and what you have to do if you start a court case or if you're responding to a court case your partner started.

A family court makes decisions using the family law rules and laws. A judge will look at the , the Government of Canada's child support tables, and the facts of your case to make decisions about child support.

You can talk to a lawyer who can help you understand what the law says you have to do to protect your child's rights. A lawyer can also explain why you might choose to go to court and help you through the process.

If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, some lawyers will provide “unbundled services” or “limited scope retainer” services. This means you pay them to help you with part of your case.

If you can't afford to hire a lawyer at all, you may be able to find legal help in other places.

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