Public Legal Education and Information Service / Justice and Consumer Affairs

Publications on family support now available (09/07/27)

NB 1042

July 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new series of booklets on the Family Support Orders Service (FSOS) is now available, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs and Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).

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"This initiative fits well with the recommendation of the Access to Family Justice Task Force to provide public information regarding child and spousal support," said Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Murphy. "We are pleased to partner with PLEIS-NB once again on a project to help New Brunswickers be well informed about FSOS."

FSOS helps parents support their children by promoting a dependable flow of support payments. It monitors and enforces child support orders registered with the service, which is available free of charge to all New Brunswick families with a family support order or arrangement.

"Whether it is the payer or the beneficiary, individuals who have questions about their rights and obligations with respect to child support need access to general, easy-to-understand information about the support enforcement system," said Deborah Doherty, PLEIS-NB executive director. "This series of booklets sets out what happens when support payments are in arrears, the legal mechanisms that FSOS can use to collect payments, and options to avoid such enforcement actions."

The new publications outline the service as well as the enforcement tools that may be used to deal with unpaid support obligations. Copies of the new publications are available by contacting PLEIS-NB at 506-453-5369, by e-mailing pleisnb@web.ca, or by visiting PLEIS-NB's newly enhanced website

PLEIS-NB is celebrating its 20th year as a non-profit organization that seeks to educate and inform the public about the law. PLEIS-NB receives funding and in-kind support from Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation, and the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Deborah Doherty, executive director, PLEIS-NB, 506-453-5369; Elaine Bell, communications, Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, 506-453-6543.

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