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Forms used by the Family Responsibility Office are organized in three groups:

These forms are posted on the Ontario government's Central Forms Repository and are available in various formats.


  • Affidavit for a Lost Cheque

    The Family Responsibility Office will ask a support recipient to complete this form if they have not received a support cheque and believe that it has been lost.
  • Cancellation of Third Party Authorization

    This form stops all third party access to a client's case. Once the third party access is cancelled, only the payor or recipient will be able to receive information about their case.
  • Confirmation of Identity Letter

    This is prepared by the Family Responsibility Office confirming that an individual is not one and the same as the support payor against whom the Family Responsibility Office has taken enforcement action. Most commonly, these letters are prepared in relation to writs of seizure and sale and real estate transactions.
  • Family Responsibility Office Financial Statement (Form 4)

    Support payors may be requested to complete this form to:
    • support a Voluntary Arrears Payment Schedule, or
    • because a payor is in default of his/her support obligations and the Family Responsibility Office has begun a default hearing.
    Documents to provide proof of income must be included with a financial statement, including:
    • pay stubs
    • income tax returns for the last three years, and
    • notices of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Notice of Re-Filing

    Sometimes clients withdraw from the Family Responsibility Office and then decide to have their case reopened. Either party (the recipient or the payor) can complete this form and submit it to the Family Responsibility Office. If appropriate, the Family Responsibility Office will re-open the case and resume enforcement.

    If you withdrew your case on or after October 31, 2004, a $50 re-filing fee will be applied. You will also have to submit a registration package, if you have not submitted one already. If you want the Family Responsibility Office to enforce any arrears that may have accumulated since the case was closed, you will need to complete and submit a Statement of Arrears. If there has been a change in the status of a child (for example, the child is no longer eligible for support payments), you need to let the Family Responsibility Office know in writing.
  • Notice by Support Recipient of Unilateral Withdrawal

    This form is used by support recipients who wish to withdraw from the Family Responsibility Office without the consent of the support payor.

    This form can only be used if the support payor is in arrears and the support recipient wishes to unilaterally withdraw from the Family Responsibility Office to pursue his or her own private enforcement actions.
  • Notice of Withdrawal

    This form is used when a payor and a recipient want to manage their support payments privately without the involvement of the Family Responsibility Office.

    Both the payor and the recipient must complete this form.

    When the Family Responsibility Office receives the form, the case will be closed and all enforcement action will stop.
  • Preauthorized Debit Application for Payors(formerly Preauthorized Payment Application for Payors)

    This form authorizes the Family Responsibility Office to automatically deduct support payments from the support payor's bank account. This method of payment is only available to payors who do not have a regular source of income that makes support deductions on their behalf (for example, an employer).
  • Registration for Direct Deposit

    This form allows the Family Responsibility Office to send support payments to the support recipient by direct deposit. The law now requires support recipients to register for direct deposit, so that they receive their money as quickly and securely as possible.
  • Registration Package

    The Family Responsibility Office sends each recipient a Registration Package. All recipients must complete the package and send it back to the Family Responsibility Office so that it has the information it needs to start collecting support payments and enforcement if necessary.
  • Statement of Arrears

    This form outlines the amount of support payments that a payor has missed and owes to a recipient. If a recipient wishes to claim arrears for a time before the Family Responsibility Office registered his or her support order, the recipient can complete a Statement of Arrears. This statement will include any unpaid support amounts that are due to the recipient.
  • Third Party Authorization

    This form authorizes a person other than the payor or recipient to act on the payor's or recipient's behalf. A Family Responsibility Office support payor or support recipient may designate this person to request and receive information from the Family Responsibility Office regarding their case.
  • Voluntary Arrears Payment Schedule

    If the support payor has fallen behind in support payments, they may be able to negotiate a re-payment schedule. This is called a Voluntary Arrears Payment Schedule. This is an agreement where the support payor agrees to pay the support arrears to the Family Responsibility Office according to payment schedule negotiated between the support payor and the Family Responsibility Office.

    The payments made, based on this schedule, are in addition to the regular ongoing support payments.

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  • Alternative Payment Order

    An alternative payment order can be made, in limited circumstances, by a judge. The alternative payment order allows a support payor to pay by another method rather than by automatic income deductions under a support deduction order.

    If you are asking the court to make an alternative payment order, complete the appropriate sections of this form prior to your court date. If you or the support recipient has a lawyer, the lawyer will complete the rest of the form based on what the judge orders. If neither of you has a lawyer, provide the form to the court clerk and the court will complete the rest of the form based on what the judge orders.
  • Financial Statement

    The financial statement must be completed by support payors in three situations:
    • when requested by the Family Responsibility Office in writing
    • when asking the court for a refraining order (e.g., to prevent the Family Responsibility Office from suspending a driver's licence); and
    • when the Family Responsibility Office has served the support payor with a notice of default which requires the payor to appear in court to explain to a judge why support is not being paid.
    When this form is completed it should be provided to the Family Responsibility Office. If you are going to be in court, you must also file a copy of the completed financial statement with the court along with your other court documents.
  • Notice to Family Responsibility Office by Income Source

    This notice is used by income sources (usually employers) to communicate with the Family Responsibility Office. This form can be used by an employer or other income source to let the Family Responsibility Office know that payments will be interrupted or stopped.

    This form can also be used to clarify that the income source or employer does not know the payor. If you are an employer or income source, complete the appropriate sections of this form and return it to the Family Responsibility Office.
  • Refraining Order

    This form must be used when a payor asks the court for a refraining order to prevent the Family Responsibility Office from suspending a driver's licence. If you are asking for a refraining order, complete the appropriate sections of this form prior to your court date, and provide it to the Family Responsibility Office lawyer.

    If you and the Family Responsibility Office lawyer can agree on what conditions should be set out in the refraining order, complete the form together and provide it to the court clerk for the judge's approval. If you and the Family Responsibility Office lawyer cannot agree, provide the form to the court clerk. The court will complete the rest of the information, based on what the judge orders.

    If you are asking for a refraining order, you should also complete a financial statement.
  • Support Deduction Order
  • Support Deduction Order Information Form

    These two forms are used together each time a court makes a support order. The support deduction order allows the Family Responsibility Office to collect support by sending notice to a support payor's employer or other income source, requiring support to be deducted from the payor's income.

    If you are asking the court to make or change a support order, complete the appropriate sections of these forms prior to your court date, and provide them to the court clerk. The court will complete the rest of the information, based on what the judge orders.

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Ontario has formal arrangements with all Canadian provinces and territories, and with several foreign countries to enforce each others family support orders. These are called reciprocating jurisdictions.

The Ontario law about reciprocity is the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act, 2002 (ISO Act). Each of the reciprocating jurisdictions has similar ISO laws.

Using this act, you can apply for a support order in one of the reciprocating jurisdictions without having to go there. You can also apply to change an existing support order. A person in one of the reciprocating jurisdictions can do the same thing. The person making the application does not usually have to go to court - the respondent (the person responding to the application) goes to court to respond to the application.

If you live outside Ontario, please contact your regional enforcement office, child support agency or court office for the correct local forms and applications that are relevant to your jurisdiction (province, territory, state or country).

If you live in Ontario, you will find all of the ISO forms and guides that relate to the ISO Act below. Please review the Introduction and General Information Guide and Choosing Which Forms to Use links for more information

Use these forms and guides when one person lives outside Ontario.


Introduction and General Information Guide


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