I am on EI past two months and I received letter from FMEP saying that I have to pay child support. My two daughters are

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Customer: I am on EI past two months and I received letter from FMEP saying that I have to pay child support. My two daughters are 21 and 19 years old. I can’t pay. I can’t afford a lawyer. I need a lawyer to help me in this situation.
JA: Has either parent's income increased or decreased significantly?
Customer: Yes, my income decreased. My wife’s and 21 years old income is steady
JA: Has a petition to modify been filed?
Customer: no
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Customer: Not at this point
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Hello, thank you for the question.  What province are you in?  And how much are to pay monthly to MEP?

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I am Richmond, BC and I have to pay $683.
I could not pay the months of June and July
Customer
I am on EI from May 15,2021
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I see.  They can garnish your EI monies and soon will if you don't make other arrangement.  Tell them that both your children are over the age of majority and you will try to work something out with support recipient, so you'd appreciate it if they'd put your file on the backburner for enforcement.

Then see if you can talk to the recipient.  If the children aren't in school full time, then the support should probably end.  Remind her that if you two can't sort this out between you then you'll both have to be in court.

There's no point in arguing with MEP about it, they don't care.  They are just a collection agency, following the order.  You need to change the amount you're ordered to pay.  If the recipient won't co-operate then you have to bring this back to court on a variation application, and the sooner the better.

Does that make sense?

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My wife and two daughters don't talk to me. So, I have no cooperation with them
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ulysses101, Expert

Do you know if the children are in school?

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19 year old one is in school
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21 year old daughter works and study in university
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You still need to try to communicate.  Getting a retroactive variation depends on it. So send an email to your ex asking about what the children are doing and whether they are in school, because you need to know for MEP which is coming after your EI income.  Disclosure is required so you have to communicate with her at some point.

Or get a lawyer to do it for you.  You've little other option other than just go into arrears.  This has to be reviewed at some point anyway, right? Even by merit of a legitimate drop in income, your support should change.  And if your children have unilaterally rejected you then you have an argument that they don't want your money either so you shouldn't be paying.

I believe you should have a more fulsome review of your situation with a family law lawyer, so find one that will give you an hour of their time for cheap and put together the order and your tax returns and have a meeting to discuss your options.

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I think I need a lawyer assistance to do so.
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ulysses101, Expert

This can be complicated, especially for those who aren't good at paperwork or about legal issues.  Find a lawyer or an experienced paralegal if you can, just to help you fill out the paperwork for court properly and you'll be on your way.

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Thank you for the support. I will find out the lawyer.
Thank you again
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ulysses101, Expert

You're welcome.

I'm here to answer your follow-up questions at no additional charge.

However, I can't imagine what more there is for me to do, so I'll wish you good luck.

Ulysses

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