Maintenance Enforcement Office
Frequently Ask Questions
How does Saskatchewan Justice ensure child payments are made?
The Maintenance Enforcement Office helps collect support payments ordered by the court or agreed to by two parties. The Office registers the court order or agreement, records and monitors payments, and processes these. When payments are missed or late, the Office takes enforcement action.
How do I register?
You must send or bring the following documents to the Maintenance Enforcement Office:
If you are a claimant, you will be required to fill out an Affidavit of Arrears (a sworn document that reflects payments past due) once the file has been registered with the Office.
If you need help or further information, please call the Office at (306) 787-8961 or 1-866-229-9712 (outside of Regina area) or Email us
Can the Maintenance Enforcement Office guarantee the money will be paid to me?
Approximately 75 per cent of claimants registered with the Office receive their support payments each month.
However, the Office cannot guarantee that payments will be made.
What if the respondent doesn't pay?
The Office will review the file and decide what enforcement action should be taken. Action may include:
My former spouse is registered with Maintenance Enforcement. Who do I make payments to?
If your former spouse is registered with the Maintenance Enforcement Office, you must make payments to the Office instead of to him or her. You can pay the Maintenance Enforcement Office by:
Make your cheque, money order or bank draft payable to the claimant unless otherwise instructed by the Office.
Cash payments are only accepted in person at court houses or the Maintenance Enforcement Office in Regina. Do not send cash in the mail.
What kind of payments will the Office not collect?
What is the age of majority in Saskatchewan?
The age of majority in Saskatchewan is 18. In other provinces, the age of majority may be different.
Do I have to keep on paying once my child reaches the age of majority?
If the child support order or agreement is under the provincial law, The Family Maintenance Act, the obligation to pay support may continue beyond the child's eighteenth birthday if that person is:
If the child support order is under the federal law, The Divorce Act, the obligation to pay support may also continue beyond the child's eighteenth birthday in Saskatchewan if that person:
In either situation, provided adequate proof of the ongoing dependency is provided to the Office, the Office will continue to collect the child support.
Can the other parent and I agree to a different amount than what is in the order, and have the Office enforce that amount instead?
No, the Office will not collect any child support amount that departs from the order or agreement that is registered with the Office. However, where the parties are able to agree to a different amount, and sign a written agreement respecting the new child support amount, this new amount will be enforced once the agreement is filed and registered. Likewise, if the parties obtain a consent order that changes the amount in the current order, the Office will enforce the new amount in the order.
There are a number of requirements for changing a child support order. Parties are encouraged to seek the advice of a lawyer prior to entering into any such agreement.
What do I do if my child has changed residence from one parent to the other?
Children moving from one house to the other is not uncommon. The move may be temporary or it may be a long-term change. It may be significant enough to warrant a change to the support order, or it may not. It may mean that the child is no longer under the one parent's charge, or it may not. These are all matters that should be discussed between the parties, or between a parent and his/her lawyer.
Unless a new order or agreement is obtained and registered with the Office, the Office will continue to expect payment for the child, until it received confirmation from the custodial parent as to the child's changed status.