Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
The Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) is a provincial government program that monitors and enforces maintenance orders and agreements (for child or spousal support). This program can help you collect support payments that were ordered by a judge. (Payors can also enroll.)
You can enroll in the FMEP as long as one of the following applies to your situation:
- The payor and the recipient both live in BC and there is a maintenance order made in a BC court (a maintenance order includes any separation agreement filed in a BC court).
- The payor lives in BC or receives money in BC and there is a maintenance order made in a BC court or in a court in another province or country that has a reciprocal agreement with BC.
- The recipient lives in BC, the payor lives in a province or country that has a reciprocal agreement with BC, and there is a maintenance order made by a BC court or a court in another province or country that has a reciprocal agreement with BC.
Note: There are a number of other situations not listed here where the FMEP may monitor and enforce a maintenance order or agreement. Contact the FMEP if you are not sure whether or not your situation is covered.
To see a list of the countries that have reciprocal agreements with BC, see Section 6 of the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Regulation.