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This guide covers how to prepare court orders for support that MEP can enforce, while meeting the circumstances of each case.
MEP can only enforce the clear, legal and workable terms in a court order. If an order is silent or ambiguous, we'll apply existing policies and practices.
Lawyers and Self-Represented Litigants Guide (PDF, 254 KB)
Clearly-written court orders for support state:
- that one party is to pay the other party
- the date payments are to begin
- the dates payments are due (for example, end of every month)
- the amount of each payment
- the conditions of eligibility and/or terminating events
- if the support obligation may be revived once it ends
Lawyers may use the language in this form for examples of clear and enforceable maintenance terms:
Maintenance Enforcement Support Agreement form (PDF, 60 KB)
To request that MEP serve documents on the payor or recipient of support, fill out this form and mail or fax it to MEP:
Service Request form (PDF, 150 KB)
Research and analysis
The information and suggestions found on this website reflect MEP’s current policies and practices. Using the information on this website should not be a substitute for appropriate legal research and analysis, including a review of the Maintenance Enforcement Act, the Maintenance Enforcement Regulation and any other relevant statutes and case law.
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