Barrister & Solicitor

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FAMILY LAW:
Marriage or Cohabitation
Agreements
Marriage Breakdown or Breakdown of a Common Law Spousal or Same-Sex Partner Relationship
Conclusion/Disclaimer
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Probate Taxes
Intestacy
Rights of Surviving Spouse & Dependants
Conclusion/Disclaimer
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Family Law: Marriage Breakdown or

Breakdown of a Common Law Spousal or
Same-Sex Partner Relationship

4. Enforcement of Support

In Ontario, support, whether child or spousal, is typically collected by the Family Responsibility Office, an office of the provincial government. When spouses agree or a court orders that support is payable by one spouse to the other, an order will be obtained setting out the terms of the obligation. This order is then forwarded to the Family Responsibility Office, together with details of the payor spouse’s income sources, which are expansively defined. The Family Responsibility Office assumes responsibility for collecting payment of the support obligation from the income sources, such that these payments are deducted from the payor spouse’s income, at source. The Family Responsibility Office forwards payments to the recipient spouse, often by way of direct deposits into a bank account, if so instructed. If a default in the support obligation occurs, the Family Responsibility Office is responsible for pursuing the payor spouse for the arrears of the support obligation. In certain circumstances, a spouse may “opt out” of the enforcement processes of the Family Responsibility Office and make direct payment arrangements.