Apply for interjurisdictional spousal or partner support
How to apply for spousal or partner support if the other party lives outside Alberta.
An Interjurisdictional Support Order (ISO) application can create, change or enforce a support order when the payor or recipient lives outside Alberta.
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 H - Support for Claimant / Applicant (1 MB) and Guide (0.1 MB)
- Form I - Financial Statement (PDF, 1.1 MB) and Guide (PDF, 0.1 MB)
Step 4. Fill out the optional form
If the respondent didn’t provide their financial information
Provide additional information to assist in locating the respondent
Fill out the Additional Locate Information Form (PDF, 0.1 MB). This form should not be attached to your application.
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) 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.
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 way of 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 support order
- make an interim support order and adjourn the hearing to a specified date
- adjourn the hearing to a specified date without making an interim support order
- refuse to make a 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.