In British Columbia, the organization that handles support order enforcement is the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP.) Also, it’s part of the Ministry Of Attorney General. In Ontario, it’s called the Family Responsibility Office (FRO.)
We have lawyers who can assist people anywhere in BC using the phone, video conferencing, and email. Most remote places don’t have enough family lawyers.
Dealing with a family law issue can be very stressful. It is even more stressful when you have the government coming after you for support payments.
The government is the most aggressive debt collector and they have a massive amount of power. Don’t agree with the amount that FMEP is asking from you? Do you want something in writing saying you don’t owe FMEP money? They get a family lawyer on your side.
Let the lawyer communicate with FMEP. A favourable maintenance order or agreement can normally be reached. Further, it’s less stressful to have a lawyer deal with the issues for you.
On the other side of it, are you taking care of payments and the children and desperately need money?
If your spouse isn’t supporting you and you are entitled to support, you should book a free consultation with a family law firm. Further, it’s important to find out how much spousal and child support you might be entitled to.
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The maintenance enforcement program is complicated, so it’s best to help the help of a lawyer.
The FMEP is free to use and it collects over $200M per year. On its website is claiming it works for 45,000 families. The program was designed by the BC Attorney General’s office and it collects to enforce court orders regarding spousal or child support.
Further, the office collects payments from the person that owes it and then sends the money to the person that is owed the support. FMEP has a lot of power to collect and can-do aggressive things.
Maintenance Enforcement Program
Our family lawyers can help you get a maintenance order. This is a court order that says you are owed child support and/or spousal support payments.
FMEP will collect the money for you if needed. Expect to spend at least $2000 to get a maintenance order, sometimes much more. The first step should be to book a free consultation with one of our separation lawyers to find out how much support you might be entitled to.
Our family lawyers can be reached by filling out your request via the live chat box in the lower right of the screen.
If you live in another area of Ontario or British Columbia, we can assist you via Skype, emailing, and the phone. This works well for most matters. Therefore, reach out to us to see if we can help you!
Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
Further, speak to one of the lawyers about relocating with a child, property division, and getting a maintenance order.
If the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (Ministry Of Attorney General) is requesting large payments from you, and you need helping fighting it, contact us.
How do I get a maintenance order?
- Contact a family lawyer (ideally use our free connection service!)
- Apply for maintenance in your local court
- Submit the Application for a maintenance order
How do I collect child support in BC?
- Contact a family lawyer
- Complete an Application with the Provincial Court;
- Complete a Financial Statement and file it with the courts
- Further, service it on the other parent
Learn more about how to deal with separation below. Finally, make sure to contact an attorney to speak about the particulars of your case.
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How does the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program Work?
The FMEP is available to help people that are owed spousal support or child support receive payments. You need to have a court order or an agreement for the FMEP to help you.
Therefore, you can hire a lawyer to help you get an agreement with your spouse.
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How do I apply for family maintenance in BC?
1. First, you need to get a court order
2. Serve the opposing party
3. Further, if no payment, get the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program involved.
Author: Alistair Vigier is the CEO of ClearWay Law