Support Where the Other Person Lives Outside Manitoba
After a separation or divorce, one parent and/or former spouse or common-law partner may choose to move to another province, territory or country. The process for applying for child, spousal, and/or common-law partner support when one person lives outside Manitoba may look different depending on individual circumstances.
Manitoba has arrangements with all other provinces and territories in Canada and with many other countries that help Manitobans obtain, change, and enforce support obligations when one of the parents or former partners resides outside Manitoba.
Provinces, territories, states and countries referred to as “reciprocating jurisdictions” are listed in the Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Regulation.
As of February 1, 2024, Manitoba will also have arrangements with other countries under the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance that is a Schedule at the end of The International Child Support and Family Maintenance (Hague Convention) Act. The list of countries referred to as “contracting states” is available at this link: HCCH | #38 - Status table. If you have questions about this Convention, you may contact Manitoba’s Central Authority at HagueMaintenanceManitoba@gov.mb.ca
Frequently Asked Questions has answers to common questions related to accessing child, spousal and common-law support when one parent lives outside Manitoba. For more details, visit:
- Parent Lives Outside Manitoba (Child Support)
- Former Partner Lives Outside Manitoba (Spousal and Common-Law Partner Support)
The Introduction and General Information Guide explains how to complete an application to apply for or change child, spousal and/or common-law support amounts when one person lives outside Manitoba.
Support Application Forms includes the required forms to apply for or change child, spousal and/or common-law support when one person lives outside Manitoba. Guides are available for each form to explain how they should be filled out.
If you have questions about applying for support when one person lives outside Manitoba, you can contact Manitoba’s Designated Authority at the Family Law Section, Legal Services Branch, Manitoba Justice at ISOQuestions@gov.mb.ca or 204-945-0268 in Winnipeg; toll free 1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 0268).