Mortgage for single parents

Mortgage for single parents

Child Support incomeIn Ontario, as of 2011 according to Stats Canada, there were more than 604,000 lone-parent families, and in a staggering 80% of them, the female parent was living with their children!.

Now, this days is very difficult enough for a married or common-law couple to qualify for a mortgage in order to become a home owner, that difficulty is significantly greater for the single parent.

The distress of the single parents enhances their vulnerability against debt and for many their incapacity to understand that they too should be able to afford home ownership, even if they are separated from their spouse or partner

Mortgage for single parents, however, is possible when the qualifications are available, to help with the income, when applying for a mortgage, a single parent should include the following sources of income on top of the regular salary or earnings as a self-employed

Some of our mortgage lenders offer very helpful mortgage products where other proven income rather than the traditional are accepted, ask for details

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Mortgage insurers support single parents in their endeavor of home ownership by allowing that their proven child support or alimony is accepted as part of their qualifying income when they meet the following criterias that need to be collected by the mortgage agent in order to present to the mortgage lender:

  • Court ordered or an executed separation agreement (lender must obtain)
  • No more than 50% should be used for qualification purposes
  • 100% may be used provided income represents <30% of gross income and borrower has demonstrated receipt – through T1 General – for a minimum of 1 year.

It is common that many single parents do not know how much is the child support that they should receive for each child, to help with an estimate, here below you can find a table with some income amounts that could help them get an idea of what they should receive as child support in Ontario

Under the Federal Child Support Guidelines, the table amount is determined by:

  • The number of children;
  • The province or territory where the paying parent lives; and
  • The paying parent’s before-tax annual income.

Annual gross income# of Children Monthly child support
$80,0002$1,172.00
$50,0001$450
$55,0001$498.00
$60,0001$546.00
$65,0001$594.00
$70,0001$639.00
$75,0001$682.00
$80,0001$724.00
Annual gross income# of Children Monthly child support
$50,0002$743.00
$55,0002$817.00
$60,0002$892.00
$65,0002$966.00
$70,0002$1,037.00
$75,0002$1,105.00

Table Look-up Disclaimer

The Child Support Table Lookup has general information only. It is not a legal document. The tables were last updated December 31, 2011. To determine how much child support is owed from May 1, 2006, to December 31, 2011, use the 2006 tables. Note that provincial or territorial guidelines may apply in some cases.

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