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AI Written: Enforcement of Family Court Orders 

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

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Enforcement of Family Court Orders 

Enforcement of family court orders is an important part of the legal system in Ontario. When a court makes a decision in a family law case, it issues an order that sets out the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved. In some cases, one party may fail to comply with the terms of the order, which can result in a need for enforcement.

There are several ways that family court orders can be enforced in Ontario. One option is to ask the court to hold the party in contempt. This means that the party has deliberately and wilfully disobeyed the court order, and the court can impose sanctions such as fines or even imprisonment.

Another option is to ask the court to vary the terms of the order. This may be necessary if the original order is no longer appropriate or if the circumstances of the parties have changed. The court can then make a new order that takes into account the current situation.

In some cases, the court may also appoint an enforcement officer to help ensure that the terms of the order are being followed. The enforcement officer may have the authority to seize property or garnish wages in order to enforce the order.

Overall, enforcement of family court orders is an important part of the legal system in Ontario. It helps to ensure that parties comply with the terms of the court’s decision, and can help to protect the rights and interests of all parties involved in a family law case.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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