An Interjurisdictional Support Order (ISO) application can create, change or enforce a support order when the payor or recipient lives outside Alberta.
For more information about child support, read the General Information About Child Support (0.1 MB) document.
You can prepare an ISO application if you:
- were divorced outside Canada
- were never married
- were married but a divorce action hasn’t been started
- haven’t started a divorce action in Alberta
How to apply
Step 1. Confirm the other parent’s location
Alberta’s Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) has reciprocal registration agreements with enforcement programs in other jurisdictions.
If your application is going to Ontario, Quebec, Australia or the United States speak with a court forms information coordinator for assistance.
Step 2. Gather your documents
- complete tax returns from the past 3 years
- Notice of Assessment (a tax status form) from the past 3 years
- pay stubs or other proof of income for this tax year
Step 3. Fill out the required forms
If you prefer, you can pick up your forms and guides at a Court forms information coordinator location.
- Form A.1 - Support Application (PDF, 0.7 MB) and Guide (PDF, 0.1 MB)
- Form B - Parentage (PDF, 0.6 MB) and Guide (PDF, 0.1 MB)
- Form C - Child Support Claim (PDF, 0.6 MB) and Guide (PDF, 0.1 MB)
Step 4. Fill out the optional forms
Review this list for any forms that apply to your situation:
If the respondent didn’t provide their financial information
If any of these situations apply to you
- you and the respondent have split or shared custody
- you’re experiencing undue financial hardship
- the respondent makes over $150,000 per year
- your child is over 18
Fill out Form E - Request for Child Support Different than Child Support Table Amount (PDF, 0.61 MB) and refer to the Guide (PDF, 0.1 MB)
If you want the respondent to pay a share of a child’s special expenses
These expenses include:
- health-related expenses
- medical or dental insurance premiums
If you filled out either Form E or Form F
If you’re applying for support for a child who’s over 18
Provide additional information to assist in locating the respondent
Fill out the Additional Locate Information Form (PDF, 0.1 MB)
Step 5. Prepare your application
- Make sure all your forms are complete.
- Include any documents that go with the forms.
- Put the forms and their documents, in order, from the first form (eg, Form A.1) to the last one you used.
- Make 3 copies of the forms and documents.
- Get the forms and documents sworn. If the respondent lives in:
- another country, have it sworn before a notary public
- Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec or the Northwest Territories, have it sworn before a notary public
- British Columbia, Ontario, Yukon, Nunavut, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland or Labrador, have it sworn before a notary public or commissioner for oaths
- Sign the forms when you get them sworn.
Note: Once the package is sworn, don’t add other documents or make changes to it.
Step 6. File your application
File your application, at no charge, at a Provincial Court, Family and Youth Division.
After you apply
Wait for the courthouse’s letter. It will state that either your application:
- is missing information
- has been sent to Alberta’s Attorney General, who’ll forward it to the reciprocating jurisdiction (this happens within 8 weeks)
If your application is missing information:
- make the changes
- have it sworn again
- file it again at the appropriate courthouse
After you file your application, the respondent will receive a copy of it. If you have indicated that you want to be notified of the hearing date, or to attend the hearing by telephone or other technology, the court in the reciprocating jurisdiction will contact you.
At the court in the reciprocating jurisdiction:
- The judge will review all the documents you and the respondent have filed.
- The judge may hear sworn evidence from the respondent.
- If the judge wants more information, the court will issue a “request for further information” to you and / or the respondent.
- The judge can decide to:
- make a child support order,
- make an interim child support order and adjourn the hearing to a specified date,
- adjourn the hearing to a specified date without making an interim child support order, or
- refuse to make a child support order.
Afterwards, the Alberta court will send you a copy of the decision.
Appealing the court’s decision
If you don’t agree with the decision made by the court in the reciprocating jurisdiction, you can appeal the decision or make another application.