D. Enforcement of Support

Author:Julien D. Payne - Marilyn A. Payne

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One of the problems that has plagued Canadian law over many years is the degree to which court orders for spousal and child support have fallen into default. The enforcement of support orders, even those granted in divorce, is regulated primarily by provincial and territorial legislation. Provincial and territorial automatic enforcement processes have been established whereby the enforcement of orders is no longer left to the spouses or parents to whom the money is payable. Orders for support are now registered with provincial or territorial agencies that monitor the payments and take any necessary steps to enforce orders that have fallen into default. Ontario and several other provinces have a system for automatic deduction of spousal and child support payments from an employee’s pay cheque. Employers must make the necessary deduction and forward it to the appropriate regional enforcement...

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