About the Recalculation Service
The Recalculation Service can administratively recalculate child support payments if there is an existing court order that meets the eligibility criteria. Either the recipient or payor of a child support order can provide an application form with a copy of their court order. The service is unable to change support payments retroactively or recalculate extraordinary (section 7) expenses. There is no cost and the parties are not required to go through the court process.
You can apply for a recalculation after a period of twelve months has passed following a court order. If a court order that deals with child support has never been issued, you must obtain a court order. More information on how to obtain a court order is included below under Referrals.
If you do not have an existing court order or if your court order is not eligible for recalculation, you may contact a private lawyer or the Family Law Information Centre to obtain information regarding your options. You can contact the Family Law Information Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (306) 787-5837 or toll free 1-888-218-2822.
Information Regarding the Other Party
The Recalculation Service requires as much information as possible in order to contact the other party, even if that is only a phone number or email address. The Recalculation Service is able to take steps to locate the other party; however, it has limited means to obtain information. A recalculation cannot take place until both parties have been notified.
The Recalculation Service will request that the payor provide income information from all sources, as well as a completed income tax return/notice of assessment for the most recent tax year and a financial statement. The amount of child support will be recalculated by applying current income to the Federal Child Support Guidelines.
If the payor does not remit income information, the service may either request information from a third party, like an employer, or complete a recalculation by deeming income. Deemed income is determined by applying the payor’s income from the original court order and calculating an additional 10-30 percent based on how much time has elapsed since the order was granted.
A recalculation decision specifies the new recalculated child support amount and commencement date. A copy will be provided to both parties. A copy of the recalculation decision will be filed with the court where the original court order was registered. If the parties notify the service they have a case with the Maintenance Enforcement Office, a copy of the decision will be sent to that office as well.
Parties have 30 days to apply to court to vary or suspend the recalculation decision.
The application form is available in the Apply section of this webpage. You may also contact the Child Support Recalculation Service to request an application form; it can be mailed or faxed to you. If you have any questions, please call (306) 787-5042 or toll free in Saskatchewan 1-833-825-1445.
Recalculations can be completed on an annual basis. Parties can not apply sooner than 12 months following the most recent court order or recalculation decision. A party can reapply by completing a new application form.
Legislation regarding Child Support Recalculation can be found in section 21 of The Family Maintenance Regulations, 1998.