SIX NATIONS – Haudenosaunee Development Institute legal adviser Aaron Detlor has had his driver’s licence suspended as of September 13 when Family Responsibility Ontario (FRO) ordered the action on behalf of Detlor’s son and ex-wife.
“These child support payments have lapsed more than $15,500 and our son and I are in desperate financial need,” said Hayley Hofbauer, Detlor’s ex-spouse.
Once a delinquent support payment is reported past due for more than 30 days, the payer is sent a letter to demand payment on a client’s behalf. If payment is still not made for a total of three months, the delinquent party will have his drivers licence revoked until he or she is fully paid up. If this happens chronically, the payer will have his licence automatically revoked every 36 days if payments are not fully paid and on time.
Hofbauer said this is the situation regarding Detlor.
Records from the FRO show this is not the first time enforcement action has been taken against the lawyer for non-payment.
Hofbauer said, “This has been a years long battle to get him to uphold and respect the law and the court order.”
According to FRO documents, support payments were delinquent prompting a Writ of Seizure to be issued against Detlor’s assets in 2012 and 2013.
“I’ve had to employ a lawyer on several occasions to draft letters to prod him to cut a cheque,” said Hofbauer.
“That’s just another cost I can ill-afford to pay and for the record – since this support agreement was signed (4 years ago) ‑ Aaron has never honoured it once,” said Hofbauer. “Only when his drivers licence is threatened. It has been suspended before.”
The single mother has taken steps to contact the FRO, Ontario Ombudsman and provincial MP’s looking for answers and for someone to actively enforce child support payments are made on time.
Meanwhile the Haudenosaunee Development Institute has not publicly disclosed what the lawyer’s income has been for his legal services with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council.
The lawyer also has a private law office at Six Nations. Hofbauer said enforcing support payments have been tricky because Detlor’s income is on-reserve.
Attempts were made through FRO to garnish Detlor’s wages in 2013, but since Detlor is self-employed, this did not happen.
“His delinquent payments are certainly not because he can’t afford it,” said Hofbauer — citing that in 2013 Detlor sold his home in Toronto’s upper class Rathnelly neighbourhood for just over $1 million.
TRT sought an interview with Detlor to respond to the allegations about his licence suspension and delinquent child support payments.
In an email response Detlor said, “I can advise that all payments are current to date and I am unaware of any suspensions. Any delays have been incurred as a result of the assault by members of men’s fire in which you and your paper participated. I [sic] forwarding this email to my counsel and I would advise that you exercise caution…”
As of Tuesday evening FRO confirmed Detlor’s driver’s licence is currently suspended with no record of an arrears payment arrangement on file.
UPDATE: (9/22/16) – According to Hofbauer, FRO processed a payment for the full arrears of $15,500 as of 9/21. However, Hofbauer said, she is still currently awaiting receipt of those funds.