The Family Responsibility Office
Under the authority of the Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996 the FRO works to make sure that support payments flow from the person who pays the support (the payor) to the person who receives it (the recipient).
We do this by enforcing:
- support orders made by the Ontario courts, and
- domestic contracts that are filed with the courts.
FRO can also enforce support orders issued in another province, state or country with which we have an agreement to enforce each other's support orders. (These are called reciprocating agreements.)
If support payments are not made, they have the legal authority to take enforcement action.
They only enforce those parts of an order or agreement dealing with support and extraordinary expenses.
They do not become involved in child custody or access issues.