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Support Improvements to the Family Responsibility Office

When a woman is issued a court order enabling the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) to collect child support on her behalf it is issued unsigned. In some regions of Ontario it can take up to one year to get a signed copy. In the meantime, the FRO will garnish the income of the payor, but the FRO will not deposit it into the woman's bank account until it receives the signed order. This places women in a very precarious ...more »

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Allow Women on ODSP and O/W to Keep 100% of Their Child Support

Women with children trying to survive on the Ontario Disability Support Program and on Ontario Works are at a greater disadvantage than the average woman suffering from situational poverty. Even if these women manage to collect child support that has been court ordered, the provincial government claws back 50% under the recommendations in the Review of Social Assistance. The tax on child support is paid by the payor ...more »

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Enable the FRO to Access Income Tax Returns for Payors

Generally, when a court order is issued for child support, the payor is given a date by which to produce his tax return so that child support payments can be adjusted up or down according to yearly income. However, when men do not provide the mother of their children with their tax retuns it is very expensive and time consuming for a woman to persue this information through the legal system. Women at the Centre refers ...more »

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