Blog: Spousal Support

Guidelines vs Guidelines: Comparing Child and Spousal Support

Written by Colin A. Steffler We normally think of “guidelines” as recommendations or informal rules that fall short of being mandatory. In this sense, the Child Support Guidelines are not really “guidelines” at all. They are regulations under both the federal Divorce Act and Ontario’s Family Law Act, and judges have to follow them, except in limited, specified circumstances. The Table set out in the Guidelines shows what amount of child support is payable based on a parent’s income and the number of children, and, in general, what the Table…

What is the Family Responsibility Office?

Written by Kara-Lynne Chapman Enforcing Child and Spousal Support The Family Responsibility Office (or FRO) is a government agency responsible for the enforcement of all child and spousal support orders in Ontario.  FRO is also able to enforce the support provisions of a Separation Agreement as well so long as it has been filed with the court using a Form 26B (Affidavit for Filing Domestic Contract) which can be found here.  There is no fee for the initial filing with FRO and they do not deduct a percentage from the support amounts enforced each month.  If…