Toronto parents who do not live together often find themselves in court to resolve issues of child support. A support order from a Toronto court of family law is meant to provide funds to cover necessities such as food, clothing and other expenses. The receiving parent typically has a lower income than the paying parent and may depend on the support payments to maintain a reasonable standard of living for the child. If the paying parent refuses to comply, the receiving parent may have to seek the help of the court for enforcement of the order.
A parent who refuses to pay court-ordered child support may find him or herself facing negative consequences. For example, the Maintenance Enforcement Program may use harsh measures to obtain the payments a parent owes, such as garnishing the parent's wages and bank accounts. The enforcement of a child support order may lead to employment ramifications for a parent who refuses to comply if MEP opts to seize a parent's property or suspend his or her professional license.
While the federal government is not directly involved in enforcing delinquent support orders, it will provide support to MEP. For example, if requested, the government will suspend the passport of someone who is in contempt of a court order. The government may also divert income tax refunds of those delinquent on child support and assist the court in locating a parent who owes support.
A parent ordered to pay child support may feel the obligation is too heavy or that the amount of pay is too high compared to the time he or she gets to spend with the child. However, child support and custody are not directly related, and a parent who refuses to pay may bring hardship to the child. For assistance in seeking the enforcement of child support payments, a parent may contract a Toronto lawyer with experience in family law matters.