Hi, welcome to Hart Legal Talks. My name is Nick Jacob, and I’m an associated Lawyer with Hart Legal. I’m going to provide you some information today about the Family Maintenance and Enforcement Program, or the FMEP for short. Now the FMEP can be friend or foe, depending on which side of the fence you’re on.
So what does the FMEP do? They enforce maintenance orders, which are basically spousal support or child support orders. Now someone who’s entitled to maintenance can file their order with the FMEP to either collect debts on their behalf, or to enforce debts that haven’t been paid. There are various enforcement mechanisms that the FMEP can use, which include registering the judgements against someone’s land, they can garnish wages, or garnish federal income tax returns. They can even refuse to issue a driver’s license or a passport when they come up for renewal. So as you can see, the FMEP is worthwhile to register in if you are owed maintenance.
On the other side of the coin, government bureaucracies, like the FMEP, sometimes make mistakes. Also, there are situations where recipients sometimes lie to the FMEP about how much is owed. In situations like this, there are many mechanisms to dispute the FMEP’s power. Likewise, there are situations where debtors, due to personal hardship are just unable to pay their debts, and there are remedies available.
If you need to register with the FMEP, or if you are subject to some unfair FMEP actions, we at Hart Legal can help you.
Thanks for watching, and again my name is Nick Jacob, at Hart Legal.