While there are many resources for British Columbia residents to rely on in regards to a maintenance order, it’s important to know which steps to take based on your current situation.
You must know how to word the maintenance order. Some of the most important details to include are as follows:
— Clearly state which parent is to pay the other parent.
— The birth date and full name of each child.
— The date on which payments should begin.
— The frequency of the payments, such as once per month.
— The amount of the payment based on the agreed upon schedule.
To go along with wording for the maintenance order, you may also need to take into consideration expenses for a child or children. In this case, the law requires that the expense amount be separated from the child support. Furthermore, it should clearly define:
— The type of expense to be covered.
— The name of the child.
— The amount of money that one person is required to pay the other.
— The date on which the first payment will be made.
— The payment frequency, which is typically once per month.
As you can see, there is a lot of room for mix-ups when it comes to a maintenance order.
It doesn’t matter if you are the recipient or payor, make sure you learn as much as possible about maintenance orders and expenses. This will help you make all the right decisions in regards to your situation, thus avoiding additional trouble in the future.
Source: British Columbia Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, “Obtaining a Court Order,” accessed Sep. 13, 2016