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Under family law, delinquent support payers may face trouble

While no one can force a non-custodial parent to be a part of his or her child's life, the same is not true for any financial obligations agreed upon, or ordered by the court. Family law in Ontario is set up to provide for the welfare of children after a divorce, separation or even if the parents were never together. Failure to uphold one's responsibilities may have consequences.

An Ontario lawyer has evidently defaulted on his child support payments. It has been alleged that the man has consistently been late or withheld payments entirely, and is now under pressure from the Family Responsibility Office (FRO). On Dec. 21, 2016, the FRO set a date for a default hearing for Feb. 17. The man did not appear in court that day, meaning a warrant for his arrest could be issued should he fail to show for a rescheduled hearing.

According to FRO documents, the man has had his driver's license suspended on multiple occasions for failure to pay. This is one of the methods by which the FRO can enforce a court ordered agreement of support. A default hearing is an extreme measure for cases of ongoing delinquency and can result in as much as 180 days in jail.

It is unfortunate when a parent willfully denies court ordered support to his or her own child. The importance of such support is evidenced by the measures the FRO has at its disposal. Any parent who is having a hard time getting support payments from his or her child's other parent may wish to explain the situation to a family law practitioner. He or she may be able to help set things right.

Source: tworowtimes.com, "Enforcement ordered against HDI lawyer for delinquent child support", Jonathan Garlow, March 2, 2017

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