Both parents have a continuing obligation to provide monetary support for their child, until the child is no longer a child as defined by the Divorce Act. The Parties immediately upon separation ought to have discussions regarding a parenting plan and support. The parents cannot simply barter away child support, child support is a right of the child. In cases where the parties had a child and did not live together in a relationship, support is still payable, and both parties ought to work together to ensure that the child is appropriately provided for. For informational proposes, the Federal Child Support Guidelines can assist in establishing what the payable amount of support is, and the appropriate amount of section 7 expenses.
In some cases the acrimony is so high that this is not possible, in those situations one spouse may bring an application to have these matters addressed on an interim basis. It is likely in your best interests to retain counsel to assist you.
Please consult with one of our knowledgeable lawyers and they can advise on your whether you should be receiving or paying child support and the amount of child support you should be receiving or paying.