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What is the difference between child and spousal support?

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What is the difference between child and spousal support?

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Child support payments are generally determined by the Child Support Guidelines. These take into consideration the income of the payer, certain types of additional child-related expenses (such as child care and post-secondary tuition), and in some situations, the income of the recipient. Child support payments are not tax-deductable for the payer, nor does the recipient pay any tax on them (unless the support order was made before 1997). Spousal support payments may be determined by a number of factors, one of which is the new Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. They take into consideration the income of both parties. Spousal support payments are tax-deductable by the payer, and the recipient pays tax upon them.

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