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iGuideline is the most powerful App available in Canada for calculating Child and Spousal Support.
iGuideline allows parents, lawyers, and other Professionals helping parents, perform all the calculations required under the Canadian Child Support Guidelines for all Provinces and Territories (Except Quebec), including:
• the Table Amount payable under Section 3 of the Guidelines for sole, joint, shared, and split custody situations;
• a payor's proportionate share of the “net” costs of Special and Extraordinary Expenses under Section 7 of the Guidelines;
• the Households Standards of Living test under the Undue Hardship provisions of the Guidelines.
iGuideline was designed and built by a family law Lawyer with 25 years experience who wanted the App for his own use, but who also wanted to make an App that would be available to parents, other Lawyers and other Professionals at an affordable price.
The design goals for iGuideline were simple:
- make iGuideline as powerful as possible
- make iGuideline simple to use; and
- make iGuideline intuitive to the point of educating users about the Guidelines.
Some of iGuideline's powerful features include:
• the ability to perform calculations under the Child Support Guidelines for all years from 2012 onward;
• iGuideline uses the latest Tables under the Federal Child Support Guidelines which came into effect November 22, 2017;
• a Basic Income mode for situations where income information is simple so users can enter income information, and common adjustments under the Guidelines, on one simple and easy to understand screen;
• a Detailed Income mode for situations where income information is more complicated (self employed persons, persons with income from Dividends, etc.) which allows users to enter all the different types of income, and allowable adjustments under the Guidelines, that a parent may have.
• detailed calculations showing the tax savings and increased benefits arising from claims for Special and Extraordinary Expenses under Section 7, with a summary of the “net” costs of those expenses (it is the “net” costs of Section 7 expenses that are shared between the parents).
• the ability to display further details about calculated numbers within Popovers.
• support for split and shared custody arrangements.
• an intuitive “Is Extraordinary Rating” feature that gives users an indication about whether school expenses and expenses for extracurricular activities are “extraordinary” or not (those types of expenses must be "extraordinary" to be allowable as additional amounts payable under Section 7 of the Guidelines).
• the ability to override the Section 3 Table Amount payable;
• the ability to override the percent share of Section 7 Expenses;
• details of the various Federal and Provincial Benefits that a parent will receive (CCB, GST Tax Credit, and Provincial Benefits, etc.);
• the ability to perform spousal support calculations under the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG) Module.
• a “Find a Professional” feature to allow users anywhere in Canada to find lawyers and other Professionals in their city who provide services to parents who are dealing with separation issues.
• support for storing files in iCloud so users can access their files from all their computers at home or work.
• iGuideline is free to download and users can create a sample file (with income fields locked) so they can explore iGuideline's many features. Once users decide they want to do their own calculation they can do so with affordable In-App Purchase options designed to meet the needs of both Parents and Lawyers.
iGuideline is not just a professional grade tool for performing accurate child and spousal support calculations, it's also a tool designed to help educate users about the Canadian Child Support Guidelines.
If you are not using iGuideline you are likely in a disadvantaged position when negotiating the issue of child support or dealing with an ongoing Court proceeding.
Made improvements to the SSAG With Children Formula calculations, including adding the ability to use the Current Benefits, or the Benefits a Parent will receive for the tax year income in the calculations, and the ability to display a Sheet to override the default values for the Parents' "Adjusted Family Net Incomes" and "Working Incomes" for the two preceding years as these are the income values used to calculate Current Benefits. By default iGuideline sets those values for the previous years to the values for the current year, but those values may be different than the current years values