Common QuestionsMy ex stopped paying child support when he moved out of province
When a person who is supposed to pay maintenance support stops making those payments, they owe a debt to the person who is supposed to get the payments. The money owed is called arrears. There are two ways to collect arrears:
- Get help from the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP), a free program that assists with enforcing support obligations
- Take your own steps to enforce the arrears
Good starting points include:
- Enforcing Orders and Agreement for Support, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides a general overview of your options in enforcing arrears of support.
- Family Maintenance Enforcement Program: Enforcing Orders Outside BC, from the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program website, explains how they can enrol the maintenance order or agreement in an equivalent program where the person paying maintenance (e.g. your ex) lives.
- What if One Party Does Not Live in British Columbia, from the Legal Services Society, describes situations that can come up when a parent in a family law matter is outside BC.
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