Sometimes one party won't follow the order. You may need the court's help to enforce the order by having the court order your partner to follow it.
Most support orders are enforced by the Family Responsibility Office (FRO).
The FRO is a government agency that collects support payments from the person who has to pay them, sends the payments to the person who has to get it, and makes sure child support and spousal support payments are made.
If your partner misses payments, the FRO can take action to enforce the order or agreement. For example, if your partner doesn't pay support, the FRO can order their employer to deduct money from their wages, suspend their driver's licence, or start a court case that can result in jail time.
If you have a court order that deals with child support or spousal support, the court sends the Support Deduction Order Information form and the Support Deduction Order to the FRO who will enforce the support order.
If you did not go to court but have a separation agreement, you can file the agreement with the court if you want the FRO to enforce support payments. The Step File your separation agreement with the court gives you more information about how to do this.
If your order is about custody or access, you may have to go back to court if your partner isn't following the court order. You go to court to change the order or to ask the court to find your partner in contempt.
A contempt order means asking the judge to decide that your partner knew about the order and did not follow it on purpose. This is a complicated court process and is not used often. If your partner is found in contempt for not following the order, they can be fined or jailed.