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Child Support Recalculation Service

The Child Support Recalculation Service provides a faster, less costly and less adversarial alternative to the courts for parents to use when updating child support amounts.
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1. About the Program

The Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service is a pilot project that helps families with child support orders ensure a fair level of support for their children. The program will recalculate child support based on information reported on the most recent income tax returns and current income of a support payor. There is no cost to apply.

The goal of the program is to update child support amounts to reflect changes in income, without burdening families with the time and expense of pursuing those adjustments through court processes.

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2. Eligibility

Anyone who pays or receives child support pursuant to a court order may apply to have their child support recalculated. Retroactive payments and section 7 (extra-ordinary expenses) cannot be recalculated. Not everyone who applies will be eligible to have their support payments recalculated.

Please note that the program cannot recalculate your child support payments if any of the following apply:

  • A child for whom support is being paid is over the age of 18
  • It has been less than 12 months since the order was granted or the last recalculation
  • A child resides with each parent at least 40% of the time (shared custody)
  • The order states the income of the payor is over $150,000 (unless both parties agree to use the service)
  • Income was imputed to the payor
  • Payor has self-employment, farming or rental income
  • Payor stands in the place of a parent (in loco parentis)
  • The amount of support was not determined based on the Child Support Guidelines
  • There is a pending variation application proceeding through the courts
  • Payor is receiving no income (unless recipient agrees to recalculation)
  • Only one party resides in SK (unless both parties agree to use the service)

If the above criteria make your order ineligible for recalculation, or if you want additional information about your options to have your support payments adjusted, you can contact the Family Law Information Centre.

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    3. Apply

    You can contact the Child Support Recalculation Service to send you a copy of the application form, or you can download the application form:

    Apply now

    If you require help filling out your application form, please read the application instructions.

    Once you've completed the form and saved it as a PDF, please email it as an attachment to recalculation@gov.sk.ca or print and mail it to:

    Child Support Recalculation Service
    Room 323 - 3085 Albert Street
    Regina, SK  S4S 0B1

    Note: Some web browsers do not open PDF forms. If yours does not, save the PDF form to your computer and open it with Adobe Reader. To do this:

    1. Right-click on the form link and select "Save Target As."
    2. Save the file to a known location on your system.
    3. Open the file with Adobe Reader.

    If you cannot access the form online, please contact the Child Support Recalculation Service.

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    4. Further Information

    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.

    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 svp@gov.sk.ca 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.

    Income Information

    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.

    Recalculation Decision

    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.

    Application Process

    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

    Legislation regarding Child Support Recalculation can be found in section 21 of The Family Maintenance Regulations, 1998.

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