How long will it take before I receive payments through the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP)?
There is no simple answer to this question.
If the payor is making regular payments now, and you enrol in the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) to keep track of your support, your first payment should arrive within a month of your enrolment.
If you enrol in the FMEP as a way to make someone who has a poor payment history make regular payments, it could take longer.
It could take longer still if you do not know where the payor now lives or works, and the FMEP needs to search for the payor's address, employer, and assets.
Any information you can give the FMEP about the payor's location, job, social insurance number, or assets – such as a car or boat, land, or bank accounts – can help in collecting your support.
Once your support order or agreement is enrolled the program, the FMEP will do its best to collect your payments.
Some payors make it very difficult to collect; even going to the extent of leaving the country to avoid paying. Others payors may have no income or assets.
The payor may be receiving income assistance from B.C. Employment and Assistance, which means it may take a long time to collect what is owed to you. If income assistance is the payor's sole source of income, the FMEP cannot by law attach that income and will need to look for other assets or resources.
The FMEP will continue to pursue any money owed to you as long as your support order or agreement is enrolled with the program.