Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Maintenance Enforcement Program (Prince Edward Island)

Province/Territory
Prince Edward Island

Type of service
Inter-jurisdictional Support

Services offered
The Maintenance Enforcement Program receives, registers and enforces orders and agreements for child and spousal support made by the Supreme Court of P.E.I. and a number of other reciprocating jurisdictions, if the payor lives in P.E.I. It manages payments on the file and takes enforcement measures if payments are in arrears.

Pilot or ongoing service
The Maintenance Enforcement Program is an ongoing service.

Department responsible
Department of Justice and Public Safety, Family Law Section, Maintenance Enforcement Program

How to access this service
Registration in the Maintenance Enforcement Program is voluntary. The program does not represent either a support payor or payee. A payee may opt out of the program and receive payments directly by writing a letter to the program. The payee may opt back into the program at any time.

Location(s)
The Maintenance Enforcement Program is located at Charlottetown. Clients residing in Prince County may make support payments at the Summerside Law Courts.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English, Translation services are available, as required.

Publications/information
Government of P.E.I. - Maintenance Enforcement Program
Maintenance Enforcement Program information brochure available, in English and French, through the contact person named below.

Costs
No charge to recipients. If a payor misses a support payment or is late with a maintenance payment, a deterrent charge of $25 per month is charged by the program if a payment is in arrears one month. A service fee is also charged when an enforcement action is taken to collect outstanding support obligations. The charge goes to the program to help cover administrative costs.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Maintenance Enforcement Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. 1

Contact person(s)
Norma Reardon
Director of Maintenance Enforcement
Honourable C.R. McQuaid Family Law Centre
1 Harbourside Access Road, P.O. Box 2290
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Tel.: (902) 368-6499
Fax: (902) 368-6934
Email:

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