What We Can Do

FMEP can:

  • collect the amount owing under a maintenance order or agreement, including any arrears and special or extraordinary expenses
  • track payments by having the payor send the maintenance to FMEP Payment Services
  • forward the maintenance to the recipient
  • take enforcement action if payments are not made

Where the maintenance is not paid, we can:

  • intercept federal sources of income such as income tax or EI
  • attach wages, bank accounts or other sources of income
  • cancel a current driver’s licence or prevent a new licence being issued
  • prevent a motor vehicle registration being issued or renewed
  • suspend a passport or federal licences such as pilot’s licence
  • report unpaid maintenance to a credit bureau
  • summons the payor to a default hearing in court
  • issue a lien against the payor’s personal property or land
  • request a search for the payor’s location, employment and assets through federal and provincial databases

In addition, we also charge interest and default fees on late or missed payments.

FMEP cannot:

  • obtain or change a maintenance order or agreement
  • enforce a maintenance order or agreement without a set amount, it must have a specific amount due for child and/or spousal support
  • help parents with parenting time (custody) or contact (access) issues

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We have multilingual fact sheets available with information about the Program.

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