Government of New Brunswick
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    The Family Support Orders Service (FSOS) is a part of this Department aimed at promoting a dependable flow of support payments. The FSOS is responsible for monitoring and enforcing support orders and agreements that are filed with the Court.


    Anyone who receives (called the beneficiary) or is required to pay (called the payer) family support under a support order or agreement may file it with the FSOS.

    If the Beneficiary lives outside of New Brunswick, he or she should contact the support enforcement program in that area.


    If the support order is made under the Family Services Act, it is automatically filed with the FSOS.

    Support orders made under the Divorce Act may be filed with the FSOS by filing a "Notice to File a Support Order form". Please check with the FSOS office in your area if you have any questions about a support order made outside of New Brunswick.

    When a support order or agreement is filed with the FSOS, staff will be responsible for:
    -receiving payments from the Payer (the person paying the support);
    -keeping records of all of the payments that are made;
    -forwarding payments to the Beneficiary (the person receiving the support);
    -taking steps to ensure the Payer makes the required payments.

    When necessary, federal and provincial laws give the FSOS the authority to use a number of different methods to collect overdue support payments. For example:
    -The FSOS can initiate a Payment Order on an income source. This is commonly known as garnishment. Some examples of income that can be garnished include: wages, pensions, income tax refunds, GST credits, workers' compensation benefits, etc.
    -The FSOS can bring the case to Court for a Judge or Court Administrator to decide on additional enforcement action. This is called an enforcement hearing.
    -The FSOS can ask the federal government to suspend, refuse to issue, or refuse to renew the Payer's passport and/or federal aviation or marine licence if the Payer owes more than $3,000 in support.

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    Saint John