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You and your partner agree on changes to child support

If you and your partner agree to change an order or separation agreement that has been filed with the court for child support only, you need to fill out:

If your child support or spousal support payments go through a social services agency, such as Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you may have to serve the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Serve your documents on the Ministry of Community and Social Services below explains how to do this.

You must file your completed documents at the court. The court clerk gives them to a judge to review and make an order.

Usually you don't need to see the judge unless they need more information from you. This is because you and your partner both agree to the changes.

The court clerk sends a certified copy of the signed order to you and your partner in the stamped envelopes you gave. They can also fax it to you, or call you to pick it up, if that’s what you prefer.

If the judge has questions for you or your partner, the court clerk will contact you with a court date or provide you with a copy of the judge’s endorsement that sets out any other steps you or your partner have to take.

If you’re successful in changing your order for support, the court sends your new Support Deduction Order Information Form and the Support Deduction Order to the Family Responsibility Office (FRO). The FRO will enforce the new support order.

Serve your documents on the Ministry of Community and Social Services

If your child support or spousal support payments go through a social services agency, such as Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), it means your support is paid or assigned to the agency. The social service agency is called the assignee. Your support payments go directly to OW or ODSP, and they pay you the full amount of social assistance even when support is not paid.

If this is your situation, you must include the agency in the court process and in any agreements you make to change your support order.

If you don't serve the agency or get its consent, the agency can ask the court to set aside the new order that you get. This means the court says the new order shouldn’t be followed. The court can also order costs against you. This means that you may have to pay some of the agency’s costs for asking the court to set aside the order.

To find out if your support is assigned, fill out a Confirmation of Assignment form and fax or mail it to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Your form is processed within 3 working days, then mailed or faxed back to you. If your support order is assigned, it will tell you which agency has to be served.

You serve your documents on an agency the same way you serve your partner. See Serve your documents to learn how to do this.