Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Inter-jurisdictional Support (Manitoba)

Province/Territory
Manitoba

Type of service
Inter-jurisdictional Support

Services offered
Under The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Act, C.C.S.M. c.I60, (ISO Act) which came into effect January 31, 2003, a person seeking to obtain or vary a support order involving a person who lives outside Manitoba has access to a process in Manitoba that can result in a support or variation order being made in the other person’s jurisdiction without making a court application in Manitoba. All Canadian provinces and territories and all American states are reciprocating jurisdictions, along with many other foreign countries. The list of reciprocating jurisdictions can be found in the Schedule at the end of The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Regulation, Man. Reg. 10/2003 to the ISO Act.

The ISO process requires the applicant (person wanting to obtain or vary a support order) to complete a package of forms. Once completed, the forms are sent from a designated authority in Manitoba to the counterpart agency in the jurisdiction where the responding party lives. The court in that jurisdiction will consider the application and the respondent’s evidence before making a support or support variation order. It’s important to note that some other jurisdictions may not have the same law in effect, so additional material may need to be provided and in some cases, a different process used. An applicant living in a reciprocating jurisdiction may also submit a comparable application to Manitoba to obtain or vary a support order where the responding party lives in Manitoba. The ISO forms process cannot be used to seek a variation of a support order made under the federal Divorce Act. However, the Family Law Section also transmits provisional and confirmation documentation in inter-provincial support variation matters pursuant to the Divorce Act.

The ISO Act also allows support orders made in reciprocating jurisdictions to be registered in Manitoba. Once this occurs, the order is enforced in the same manner as a Manitoba support order. The Act also provides authority for Manitoba support orders to be sent to reciprocating jurisdictions for registration and enforcement in that jurisdiction.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Family Law Section, Legal Services Branch, Manitoba Justice (for transmittal of Support and Support Variation Applications). Maintenance Enforcement Program, Manitoba Justice (for registration of out-of-province support orders)

How to access this service
You may complete and submit the forms directly to the Court of Queen's Bench.

Location(s)
Service is available province-wide at all Court of Queen's Bench court offices. See the following Web site for Court of Queen's Bench court office locations: http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca . If assistance is needed to complete the forms, low-income Manitoba applicants may contact Legal Aid Manitoba to arrange to meet with a paralegal in Winnipeg, Brandon, or Dauphin.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English and French on the following websites:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/family/law/iso/index.html (English)

http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/family/law/iso/index.fr.html (French)

Publications/information
Please see the following website for more information, including links to the Forms and Guides: http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/family/law/iso/index.html

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Act, C.C.S.M. c.I60

Contact person(s)
For general information and enquiries concerning transmittal of support and support variation applications:
Family Law Section, Legal Services Branch
Manitoba Justice
1230 - 405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
Telephone: 204-945-0268
Fax: 204-948-2004
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069 (ext. 0268) in Manitoba


For registration of out-of-province support orders:
Director, Maintenance Enforcement Program
100-352 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8
Telephone: 204-945-7133
Fax: 204-945-5449
Toll free: 1-866-479-2717 in Manitoba

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