How does the FRO enforce spousal support?
Question & AnswerHow does the FRO enforce spousal support?
Register with the FRO
The (FRO) enforces payments in a:
- that is filed with the court and registered with the FRO for enforcement
They cannot enforce verbal agreements.
You have a court order
The FRO writes to the support 's employer or any other place where they receive income. The FRO tells the employer to deduct spousal support from the payor's cheque and send it to the FRO. The FRO then sends the money to the partner receiving support.
You have a separation agreement
Some people make a separation agreement without going to court and later need help enforcing it.
To get the FRO to enforce your separation agreement, you must:
- Attach your most current separation agreement to a Form 26B: Affidavit for Filing Domestic Contract or Paternity Agreement.
- Take it to the local courthouse. You can your agreement only at the Ontario Court of Justice or the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice. You cannot file your agreement at other locations of the Superior Court of Justice.
- Register it with the FRO.
Family Law Guided Pathways: Form 26B
Fill out court form to file your domestic contract for enforcement
You can also now file most family law forms and documents for a family court case online, including a separation agreement for the court to enforce. For more information, read the question How do I file court forms for my family law case online? If you're not allowed to, or don't want to file your documents online, then you have to file them in person at the courthouse.