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