Child Support Recalculation Program
The Alberta Child Support Recalculation Program increases access to justice by providing many parents with a way to change their child support orders with ease, tranparency and decreased cost.
The Recalculation Program (RP) is an administrative service that annually recalculates court-ordered child support based on current income tax information. Our goal is to help parents keep child support levels in line with income so families can avoid the time and expense of asking the courts to review their child support orders.
Parents must already have a valid court order (or binding agreement) for child support before they can be registered with RP. Not all court orders are eligible for registration with RP. If the child support order is eligible, RP can recalculate both table (monthly) amounts of child support and proportionate shares of special or extraordinary expenses.
RP's General Information Sheet provides a summary of their service.
Winter holiday office closure
The Child Support Recalculation Program will be closed from and including December 24, 2015 to and including January 3, 2016. It will reopen on January 4, 2016.
To avoid processing delays:
- If you are a current client and your income information is due to us in December or January: send your information to us in early December. We recommend using Recalculation Info Online (RIO) to submit your income information, rather than using fax or mail. If you have not yet accessed RIO, you will require an initial Registration Identification Number (RIN) from our staff before entering the site. Call us to obtain your RIN as soon as possible.
- If you wish to become a program client: send us your program registration request as soon as possible. Recalculations are timed so the new child support amount becomes effective on the anniversary date of your court order. Your registration request must be received by us at least four months before this anniversary date. Keep in mind that we will not be available to receive requests from December 24, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
New legislation changes
Following public consultations completed in early 2014, changes to RP's legislation have been made. The changes increase access to justice by making it easier for parents to access recalculation services and by increasing clarity for the parties and courts. The key changes made are:
- Mandatory standard recalculation clauses: Commencing March 1, 2015, all child support orders granted in Alberta must specifically indicate whether RP may recalculate the support amounts. This includes orders granted both under provincial legislation (e.g. Family Law Act) and the federal Divorce Act. The standard clauses to be used can be found at Recalculation clauses in court orders.
- Minimum deemed guideline income: A party who does not provide income information to RP will be deemed to earn a minimum of $23,296 (i.e. what they would earn working 40 hours a week for minimum wage).
- Objections to recalculation decisions: Parents who object to a recalculated amount must state in their court documents that they do not agree with the recalculated amount and attach a copy of RP's written decision.
Recalculation Info Online (RIO)
RP's Internet client account system, RIO (Recalculation Info Online), offers RP clients convenient Internet access to their file information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Clients can both see and provide key file information in a secure way. RIO helps clients meet their legal obligations to update their contact details and provide income information each year.
Visit the RIO page for more information.
To help parents regularly adjust child support amounts to fairly reflect their earnings.
We look forward to a future where all child support orders are regularly adjusted based on updated income information, ensuring children receive fair support.
In fulfilling our mission, we will be guided by the following values:
We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients by assisting them in meeting their legal obligations toward their children. In supporting families, we will provide understandable information and fair and impartial service.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our employees by creating a work environment that supports teamwork, open communication and the personal and professional development of our employees. We value our employees and are committed to seeking the best in one another.
We are committed to meeting the needs of Alberta’s taxpayers by providing cost effective services while increasing access to justice. We believe in a respectful and professional relationship with all our stakeholders.