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Financial Support

Financially Supporting Your Children

Both parents have a responsibility to financially support their children. The amount of child support to be paid is set out under the Child Support Guidelines. Under these Guidelines, child support payments are based on the income of the person who does not have custody and the number of children who need support.

The following links provide more information about child support.

Financially Supporting your Spouse

The law expects adults to be self-sufficient. However, in some cases, the law requires a person to support his or her former spouse. This obligation may arise if the couple was married or was in a common-law relationship (involving persons of the opposite sex or same sex) for at least three years or a shorter period if the couple has a child.

Refer to the links below for information about the law of support.

Enforcing Support Payments

This Maintenance Enforcement Program is responsible for the collection and enforcement of maintenance payments under court orders. All maintenance orders made by the courts will be automatically registered with the Program for enforcement.

Refer to the links below to find out more information about enforcing support payments.


Property issues are dealt with differently for couples who are married and for couples who are in a common law relationship. This area of law can be complicated. A lawyer can help you with property issues.

Follow the links below for additional resources.

Dealing with Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious crime and is not tolerated in Nova Scotia. All Nova Scotians have the right to feel safe in their homes and in their communities. If you or your children are experiencing abuse or violence, there is help available for you.

If you are being physically or sexually assaulted, call the police. If you do not want to call the police, or you are experiencing other forms of abuse, there are resources in your community to help you.