The Department of Justice established an administrative enforcement model in 1992 for the collection of support. The Family Support Orders Service (commonly known as OSE) was established on February 11, 2008, and receives its authority from the Support Enforcement Act.
Since February 2008, all support orders made by the Court of Queen’s Bench Family Division are automatically filed with OSE; however parties may apply to opt out of the program at any time during the lifecycle of their case.
New Brunswick has reciprocal agreements with most Canadian provinces and territories and with several foreign countries to recognize each other's family support (maintenance) laws. When the support payer resides outside New Brunswick, OSE may register the support order or agreement with the reciprocating jurisdiction who will then enforce the file on OSE’s behalf.
On average, 12,800 cases are enrolled with OSE at any point in time. OSE serves approximately 24,330 parents and 17,766children.
Over the last three years, an average of $53.9 million in maintenance payments was collected for New Brunswick families. This is a collection rate of 91%.