Everyone knows alimony has to be paid between former members of a couple for the benefit of the children. The amount of alimony should reflect the cost of child custody, while taking into account the respective income levels of the parents. But what happens once a child becomes an adult? Does alimony still have to be paid and if so, on what conditions?
According to our family lawyer, once a child reaches adult age, the alimony usually ceases. There are exceptions however: for example, when the offspring is studying full-time, alimony will be paid for a reasonable time. Note that if the debtor lives in Quebec, the amount is determined by means of a Quebec government form, whereas if the debtor lives outside Quebec, it is calculated according to federal guidelines.
You should contact a lawyer if alimony is requested for a child of yours who is studying.
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