This research guide on child and spousal support covers both federal and provincial legislation (both
statutes and regulations) as these apply to issues of support in family law. Precedents set by case
law are significant.
Divorce Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 3 (2nd supp.).
Federal Child Support Guidelines, S.O.R./97-175.
Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines
The Guidelines have not been legislated by the federal government. They are intended
as a practical tool to assist in determinations of spousal support.
Family Law Act, S.A. 2003, c. F-4.5.
Alberta Child Support Guidelines, Alta. Reg. 147/2005.
Canadian abridgment. 3rd ed. Carswell, 2003-
1 Spousal support under Divorce Act and provincial statutes
2 Child support
3 Child support under federal and provincial guidelines
Digests of Canadian cases are organised under this classification in vol. 39 to vol. 43 in print
and are available electronically through LawSource.
CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute)
CanLII provides searchable full-text access to Canadian case law. The scope of coverage varies
by jurisdiction and court. Boolean operators, proximity connectors, phrases and date
restrictions can be incorporated into your query. Using the [Advanced Search] feature, you can
select one or more jurisdictions to be searched, limit your search to appellate decisions, and
restrict your search by type of tribunal. You can also use CanLII to retrieve cases by citation or
family (child & spousal support)