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Other services then legal aid/ SARPA (child support)


The Child Support Recalculation  Administrative Service (SARPA) officially known as the Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants is a purely administrative service that allows parents to adjust child support payments for a minor child who has already been adjudicated, without re-appear  at a court. The "Commission des services juridiques" (CSJ) is responsible for the administration of this service.
This service is available to the entire eligible population at a cost of $292. Persons who are financially eligible for legal aid under the free component are exempt from payment of fees. In the case of parents who are financially eligible for the payment of a contribution, they will only be required to pay the smallest amount between their maximum contribution and the fee required by regulation, $292  or $ 146 depending on whether the application is Individual or joint.

The adjustment request may be submitted to the SARPA by either parent or by only one parent. It refers only to support adjustment situations that do not require judicial review.

Once the SARPA has received a qualifying claim from a parent, it will send a request for information to the other parent and the parent must respond within 30 days. Failure to provide information and documents to establish income may be determined by the SARPA by increasing the last known annual income in accordance with prescribed criteria.

Once the parents' income is known or determined by the SARPA, the SARPA uses the Québec table to fix the basic parental contribution to calculate the child's pension. The SARPA adjusts the pension retroactively to one year prior to the application date when the income of either parent has increased.

The SARPA will then forward to the parties the notice of adjustment that takes effect on the expiry of a 30-day period in which the parties may challenge the amendment to support. Thereafter, this pension will be collected under the Revenu Québec Support Collection Program or deemed to be payable in cases of exemption from collection.

Before applying to the SARPA, parents can fill out the interactive questionnaire available at www.sarpaquebec.ca to check their eligibility for the service. Once this questionnaire has been completed, they will be able to access the SARPA application form.

Parents may also obtain a hard copy of the questionnaire and application form from the legal aid office nearest their residence or by printing the documentation available on the "Documents and Processes" tab of the site www.sarpaquebec.ca.

Parents wishing to avail themselves of this service may contact the 1-855-LeSARPA telephone service (1 855 537-2772) or, for the Montréal area, 514 873-3563 or visit the Web site: www.sarpaquebec

General Inquiries

1 855-537-2772 (toll-free)
or in the Montreal area:
Telephone: 514 873-3563
Fax.: 514 864-8979
Email: sarpaquebec@csj.qc.ca

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© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017