Support-Payment Collection Program

Support is an amount paid periodically, pursuant to a judgment generally handed down in Québec, to cover the essential needs of children or of the creditor of support (This link will open a new window). Such needs include:

  • food 
  • housing 
  • heating 
  • clothing
  • education

Scope of the support-payment collection program

The support-payment collection program applies to all cases:

  • judgments rendered on or after December 1, 1995, that award support for the first time 
  • judgments rendered before December 1, 1995, on request

Our role consists of:

Only a court can:

  • change the terms of a judgment
  • modify the amount of support established in a judgment

If you are unable to make your support payments because your situation has changed, you must obtain a new judgment.


Since April 1, 2014, the Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants (SARPA) has been assisting parents who want to have support payments for a child under 18 recalculated out of court. Please note that this administrative service cannot modify the terms of a judgment.

Contact SARPA for information about the eligibility requirements for this service.

Other sources of information

You can find information on support payments on the Ministère de la Justice website as well as on the Services Québec website (When a Couple Separates section).

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