Glossary of Terms

Access
The time a child spends with the parent who doesn’t have custody. Also known as contact.

Account Statement
FMEP's record of the financial transactions for the maintenance order or agreement.

Administrative Enforcement
Any non-court action FMEP takes to collect the maintenance payments.

Agreement
A written agreement setting out maintenance payments, signed by both the payor and recipient, and filed with a court.

Application to Change or Vary
An application made to the court to change the terms of a maintenance order or agreement.

Arrears
Unpaid maintenance payments.

Attachee
An individual, a company or financial institution named in a Notice of Attachment.

Attachment
Requiring anyone who owes the payor money to send all or part of it directly to the FMEP for the recipient. See Notice of Attachment.

Child Support
Money a non-custodial parent (the parent who does not have custody or primary parenting responsibility for the child) pays to other parent to support a child. Child support is also called maintenance.

Child Support Guidelines
Federal rules for calculating the amount one parent must pay to the other parent to support a child.

Committal Hearing
Requiring the payor to appear in court to explain why he or she is not complying with an enforcement order made by the court.

Contact time
Another term for access. The time a child spends with a person who is not the child’s guardian.

Court Enforcement
Taking the payor to court for non-payment of maintenance.

Credit Report
Reporting arrears to a credit reporting agency so potential credit grantors are aware the payor owes unpaid maintenance.

Custody
Used to describe who will live with the children and be responsible for providing daily care. Also known as parenting time.

Default
A missed or late maintenance payment.

Default Fee
A penalty charged if the payor misses or is late on two payments within the same calendar year; the fee is equal to one month's maintenance, to a maximum of $400.

Default Hearing
Requiring the payor to attend court to explain why payments are in arrears. The court will decide how the arrears will be paid.

Direct Payment
A payment made directly by the payor to the recipient, instead of through the FMEP.

Driver’s Licence Withholding
Instructing ICBC to refuse to issue or renew the payor's driver's licence.

Enforcement Against Corporations
Applying to court to hold the payor’s corporation responsible for paying the maintenance and arrears, where a payor owns all or part of a corporation.

Enrolment Package
An application to enrol in FMEP. Sometimes called a Filing Kit.

Family Support
Another term for maintenance.

Federal Interception
Intercepting money the federal government owes the payor such as income tax refunds, EI or GST.

Federal Licence/Passport Denial
Requesting the federal government suspend, refuse to issue or renew the payor’s passport and/or federal aviation or marine licence.

FMEP Case Number
Number used to track a particular case; it appears on all correspondence.

Garnishment
Requiring anyone who owes the payor money to send all or part of it directly to FMEP for the recipient. Another term for Attachment.

Guardian
The person responsible of a child’s care and upbringing.

Guardianship
The responsibility of a child’s care and upbringing.

InfoLine
FMEP's automated telephone system available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Land Registration
A lien against property owned by the payor. It secures all amounts due under a maintenance order.

Maintenance
Amount owed under a maintenance order for a child or spouse, also called family support.

Maintenance Lien
A lien against personal property owned by the payor, such as a car, boat, trailer or manufactured home.

Maintenance Order
A court order stating one parent must pay child support and/or spousal support payments to the other parent.

Motor Vehicle Licence Restriction
Instructing ICBC to refuse to issue or renew the annual licence for the payor’s vehicle or trailer – without a vehicle licence, the payor cannot purchase insurance.

NOA
Notice of Attachment

Notice of Attachment
A legal document requiring an individual, a company or financial institution who owes the payor money to send all or a part of that money to FMEP.

Notice of Filing
A letter confirming the maintenance order or agreement is now enrolled in FMEP. The letter outlines the maintenance payment schedule and amount of arrears owing, if any.

Notice of Intention
A notice sent to the payor who misses a payment, see Default Fee.

Notice of Motion
Court document used to ask the court to change a maintenance order.

Parenting arrangements
Arrangements the parents make about how they will parent their child together.

Parenting Time
The time a child spends with the parent who makes the day-to-day decision and is responsible for the care of the child. Also known as custody.

Payor
The person paying maintenance, also known as the debtor.

Personal Identification Number (PIN)
Private number given to each recipient and payor for security purposes when accessing FMEP services.

Recipient
The person receiving maintenance, also known as the creditor.

Reciprocating Jurisdiction
Another province, state or country having an agreement with BC to take enforcement action against a payor for FMEP, and the reverse, FMEP can take enforcement action for them if the payor lives in BC.

Section 7 Expenses
Additional payments for a child, such as education, medical, dental, childcare or extracurricular activities expenses.

Special or Extraordinary Expenses
Additional payments for a child, such as education, medical, dental, childcare or extracurricular activities expenses. Also known as Section 7 expenses.

Spousal Support
Sometimes called alimony, spousal support is financial support paid to a former spouse.

Statement of Finance
A legal document completed by the payor listing the payor's assets, income sources and expenses.

Statement of Payments Disbursed
FMEP’s record of financial transactions for the maintenance order or agreement.

Subrogated Arrears
Unpaid maintenance is owed to a provincial or state government, rather than the recipient, because at the time it should have been paid, the recipient was also receiving income assistance.

Summons
Court document requiring the payor to appear in court at a specific date and time.

Voluntary Payment Arrangement
A plan developed between the payor and FMEP for the payor to pay back what is owed in arrears in addition to making ongoing maintenance payments.

Warrant of Execution
Applying to court to authorize the sheriff or bailiff to seize the payor's personal property, such as a car or boat, and selling it to help pay off the arrears.