September 16, 2022
Due to the proclamation of King Charles III, all references in the software to our late Queen have been replaced with “King”. Please download the court forms update from the link at the bottom of this page.
Summary of Changes:
This version of ChildView® includes the option to calculate a “hybrid” section 3 table amount of child support in certain circumstances, as well as other program enhancements and tax updates from provincial spring budgets and legislative changes.
1. As a result of the label change on the “General Information” screen from “Party 1” and “Party 2” to “Higher Income Earner” and “Lower Income Earner” to accommodate the calculation of spousal support ranges, confusion resulted in the information presentation of child support where the higher income earner was actually the child support recipient. The presentation of the parties’ information on the ChildView® Child Support Summary and the related Alberta court form will now dynamically change based on the payor of the net child support. The calculation and analysis of spousal support will still be based on the one-way flow from the higher income earner to the lower income earner.
2. This version includes the calculation of a “hybrid” table amount based on the Saskatchewan case in Wouters v. Wouters [2001 SKQB 142] for situations where only some of the children are in a shared parenting arrangement. The program default is the “economies of scale” method, which considers a table amount for all the relevant children in each household, while the Wouters method considers the shared children separately from the children in the primary care of one or the other of the parents.
3. The “Help” file has been updated to include a discussion of the “hybrid” calculation noted above.
4. The “Quick Table Lookup” now includes the choice of the “hybrid” method where there are both children with primary parenting and with shared parenting.
5. The calculation of the new Nova Scotia refundable cultural and physical activities tax credit, effective for 2022, has been added. More details are provided under “Province Specific Changes.”
6. This version includes the Saskatchewan court forms package, which was initially released in May as an add-on to version 2022.1.1 for Saskatchewan users.
7. Additional court forms have been added for Alberta. Please see “Province Specific Changes” for the detailed list.
8. This version of ChildView® now allows you to customize your court forms for preferred font size, style, color and label information for your own document tracking. You may also configure your ChildView® program to load the custom forms from your preferred directory for easier and quicker maintenance of your customized forms. This icon will appear on the right hand side of the court form menu for any customized form. Detailed instructions on customizing court forms are in the “Help” file. Click on the “Instructions for Other Court Form Features” link on the “Court Forms & Schedules” screen to jump to that section of the “Help” file.
9. With this version you may now export multiple court forms simultaneously to a directory of your choice. Any of the court forms that are in a “doc” file format may be exported with this feature. Files that are in a different format may still be exported individually, but cannot be included in the multi form export.
10. You may now customize the “Commonly Used Court Forms” section of the “Court Forms & Schedules” screen to add the forms you use most frequently. You may also remove any forms from that section that you don’t want to appear there. Note that the complete list of forms will still be under the “All Family Court Forms” section of the screen. Detailed instructions may be found in the “Help” file.
Income Tax Changes:
1. The federal and provincial benefits calculations that are effective July 1, 2022 have been verified and any minor rounding as a result of indexation has been adjusted.
Province Specific Changes
⦁ The following court forms have been added to the “Court Forms and Schedules” module:
⦁ Form 49 Affidavit of Service of Statement of Claim for Divorce (No Children),
⦁ Form 49 Affidavit (General),
⦁ For 7 Originating Application – Protection Against Family Violence Act,
⦁ FL-40 Statement – Parenting (Sole Guardian),
⦁ Budget of Expenses,
⦁ Affidavit of Service – Divorce,
⦁ Affidavit of Service – Respondent,
⦁ Affidavit of Service – Applicant,
⦁ Affidavit of Attempted Service,
⦁ Disclosure Statement Package, and
⦁ QB025 Undertaking Not to Appeal Divorce Judgment.
Newfoundland and Labrador
⦁ Per their budget on April 7, 2022, Newfoundland and Labrador announced they were increasing the Seniors Benefit and the Income Supplement by 10% effective July 2022. This would increase the Seniors Benefit from a maximum of $1,313 to $1,444. With respect to the Income Supplement, eligible families would now receive up to $1,000 a year. The government also announced they were increasing the Pre-natal Infant Nutrition Supplement (formerly called the “Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement) from $100 to $150. These increases have been included in this version.
⦁ Per Bill 149, which received royal assent April 22, 2022, Nova Scotia has created a refundable tax credit for cultural and physical activities for children under the age of 19 effective for 2022 and onwards. The maximum expense is $500 per child and the expense is multiplied by the lowest provincial tax rate to arrive at the tax credit. This will affect the calculation of S7 extracurricular activities among other things.
⦁ The increases to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit per regulation 110/2022 released June 7, 2022 and effective July 1, 2022 are included in this release. The amounts have increased to $1,275 annually per child from $925 for the first child, $825 for the second and $900 for the third and subsequent children. No changes were made to income thresholds or percentage for the clawback.
⦁ Per Budget 2022, and Bill 126, which received first reading April 28, 2022, the additional tax relief through the proposed Low-income individuals and Family Tax Credit (LIFT) enhancement, has been included in this version. This proposal increases the maximum credit from $850 to $875 per eligible individual, increases the income threshold to $65,000 and halves the clawback percentage to 5%. This will result in average savings of $300 per qualified individuals.
Prince Edward Island
⦁ Per Bill 64, which received royal assent May 6, 2022, a one-time bump up of the Sales Tax Credit for the July 2022 quarterly payment only has been added to the benefits calculations. The basic amount of this benefit is ¼ of $670 instead of ¼ of the regular $110, and the claw back rate is 4% instead of 2% for the July payment only.
- Download the latest software update if running 2022.1.0 or higher from the link below.
- Download the court forms update from the link below, this update is for 2022.1.2 only.
- Please download the full version 2022.1.2 from the link below.