Child & spousal support

Support (sometimes called "maintenance") is the money paid by one parent or guardian to another, or by one spouse to the other, as financial assistance after separation.

Child support

Children are legally entitled to receive child support from the parent who doesn't live with them. There is no way to not financially support your child in BC while they're unable to support themselves. Child support payments usually have to be paid until the child is 19, but can continue after.

If you're a child wanting to know if you can continue to receive child support after you turn 19, go to Information for children & teens.

Child support

Children are legally entitled to child support from the parent who doesn’t live with them. Learn about child support, the guidelines for calculating support, and for how long it needs to be paid.

When does child support end?

Child support usually lasts until the child turns 19, but can end before or after in special circumstances. Find out when your child's payments are likely to end.

Spousal support

Some spouses can receive spousal support after they've separated. If you or the other person will be disadvantaged by your separation or divorce, you can work out arrangements for spousal support until you're both financially independent.

Spousal support

Spousal support can help make sure a spouse doesn't struggle financially while becoming independent. Learn about spousal support and how to figure out if you should be paying or receiving support.

Registering your support agreement or order

Family Maintenance Enforcement Program

The Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) can help you keep track of your support payments.

If you're behind in paying support

Attend a committal hearing (for payors) (FMEP)

Step-by-step guide to preparing for your committal hearing if you've received a summons to go to court because you're behind on your support payments.

Getting your driver's licence back if FMEP takes it away

How to get your driver's licence back if ICBC won't renew it because you're behind on your support payments.