Q: Will my Enforcement Officer change.
A: Possibly. As we shift from a regional based model to a centralized one, your file may be reassigned to a different Enforcement Officer. Depending of the level of enforcement required on a file, it may be assigned to either a Junior Enforcement Officer or a Senior Enforcement Officer.
Q: How will I know if my Enforcement Officer has changed?
A: Clients can access their file information by signing on to our website portal at www.gnb.ca/ose. Once registered, you will have access to information pertaining to your file, in addition to the name of your Enforcement Officer.
Q: Will my Enforcement Officer still be located in the Courthouse?
A: Some of the Enforcement Officers are still located in the 8 Judicial Districts (courthouses) around the Province. Other Enforcement Officers have been hired in Grand Falls. By June 2018 we will be fully centralized and all enforcement will be done from our Grand Falls office and no Enforcement Officers will be located in the Courthouses. Over the next 8 to 9 months, the office in some regions may close as staff obtain other employment.
- The office in Bathurst is closed as of September 8, 2017.
Q: Does this mean my Court file will be moved to Grand Falls?
A: Once we are fully centralized, all enforcement files will be transferred to Grand Falls. Your Court file however, will stay in the judicial district where your family matters have been filed.
Q: Is the Office of Support Enforcement (OSE) authorized to do a recalculation of support?
A: The OSE does not have authority under the Support Enforcement Act to recalculate support when a Payer’s income changes or to set an amount once a previously unemployed Payer obtains employment. A variation order or agreement must be filed in these instances.
Q: Will my Enforcement Officer be able to accept receipts when my order/agreement refers to Section 7 expenses without further details?
A: As of July 1, 2018, going forward, any court order being enforced by the OSE referring to Section 7 expenses in general terms with no details as to what the expenses are, the following will be enforced.
OSE will accept receipts for child care, portion of medical and dental insurance premiums attributable to the child, health-related expenses that include orthodontic treatment, professional counseling provided by a psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and prescription drugs, hearing aids, glasses and contact lenses, tuition and required text books on post-secondary education.
NOTE: If the “Prorated Amount” is not indicated in the order/agreement or it cannot be calculated by OSE based on information in the order (i.e. order indicates income of payer but not of beneficiary), OSE cannot enforce the special expenses.