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I haven't paid spousal support. How do I get a refraining order to stop the FRO from having my driver's license suspended?

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I haven't paid spousal support. How do I get a refraining order to stop the FRO from having my driver's license suspended?

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September, 2015
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The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) enforces spousal support payments in a:

If you miss payments, one of the things the FRO can do is ask the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver's licence.

If you're caught driving with a suspended license, the police can impound your car for 7 days. There may be other penalties as well.

The FRO will mail you a document called a First Notice of Driver's Licence Suspension. Your driver's licence will be suspended 30 days after the date in the notice.

To stop this, you must:

  • Contact the FRO and pay all arrears. This means you bring your payments up to date by paying what you owe.
  • Contact the FRO and make a voluntary payment plan where you agree to a payment schedule you can afford. The FRO usually requires that you make your monthly support payments plus an additional amount toward the support owing.
  • Go to court within 30 days and ask that your driver's licence not be suspended. This is called getting a refraining order.

You may decide to get a refraining order because:

  • You cannot reach a payment agreement with the FRO.
  • You believe that the amount of support you pay should be changed.
  • You have already applied to change the amount of support you pay.

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