Ontario Strengthen Laws to Help More Families Collect Child Support

Ontario Strengthen Laws to Help More Families Collect Child Support
Michael Parsa - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

International treaty now makes Ontario’s child and spousal support orders enforceable in more than 55 countries.

The Ontario government is helping more families and children by implementing the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance ratified by Canada in October 2023. This international treaty adds 38 jurisdictions that Ontario can work with to enforce and collect spousal and child support when parents or spouses live abroad, enabling enforcement in a total of more than 55 countries.

“Family responsibilities do not stop at our border, which is why we are pleased to be able to expand our partnerships around the world to ensure people receive court-ordered supports,” said Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “More families will be getting the support they depend on to pay for living and child expenses.”

Starting today, Ontario’s implementation of the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support allows the province’s Family Responsibility Office (FRO) to work with the other countries and jurisdictions that have implemented the treaty. It allows countries to enforce spousal and child support orders and collect payments through wage garnishments, asset seizures, licence suspensions and other legal means in the jurisdiction where the payor lives.

In addition to helping with the collection of financial support, the treaty provides a streamlined and cost-efficient process for establishing, changing and enforcing a court order for support in the countries that are included in the treaty. This will help save court resources and shorten the time it takes to collect financial support internationally. It is an important step toward ensuring more support payors fulfill their financial obligations to their families.

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