Maintenance Enforcement Program 

How it works

The Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) collects court-ordered child, spousal and partner support, taking action to enforce as needed.

What's important to know

  • either the payor or recipient of support can register for MEP – only one needs to register
  • once registered with MEP, only MEP can enforce a court order for support – a Maintenance Order or Maintenance Agreement – that's filed with the court
  •  MEP does not provide legal representation or advice to clients
  • in the last year, MEP has collected over $200 million on behalf of Alberta's families
  •  MEP consistently has over 45,000 open files
  •  MEP does not determine the amount of support to be paid – only the courts do

Recipient of support

The recipient of support – or creditor – is the person who receives child, spousal or partner support payments. As the recipient of support, you must do all of these:

  • get a court order
  • send us any information that can help us get payments from the payor of support
  • respond to any changes in the court order that the payor of support applies for
  • inform us of any changes to your name, address, phone number or banking information that affects direct deposit
  • inform us of any changes in the child’s status (eg, residence, education)
  • inform us of any payments you receive directly from the payor of support

Payor of support

The payor of support – or debtor – is the person who pays child, spousal or partner support. As the payor of support, you must do all of these:

  • make all payments to MEP on time according to the court order
  • inform us of any anticipated payment problems such as late payments
  • inform us of any changes to your address, phone number, employment or banking information
  • inform us of any changes in the child’s status (eg, residence, education)

More on this topic

MEP forms

MEP information sheets

Lawyer's Guide

Glossary

Maintenance Enforcement Act

Maintenance Enforcement Regulation

Family Law Act

Income and Employment Supports Act

Interjurisdictional Support Orders (ISO) Act



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