SB 921 - This act updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. Whenever more than one state is involved in establishing, enforcing or modifying a child or spousal support order, the act is implemented to determine the jurisdiction and power of the courts in the different states. This act also establishes which state's law will be applied in the proceeding under the act.
This act establishes rules requiring every state to defer to child support orders entered by the courts of the child's home state. The place where the order was originally entered holds continuing exclusive jurisdiction, and only the law of that state can be applied to requests to modify the order of child support, unless the original tribunal loses the continuing exclusive jurisdiction. This act also provides various direct interstate enforcement mechanisms.
This act also incorporates changes required by the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance to establish uniform procedures for the processing of international child support cases. This act provides for guidelines and procedures for registration, recognition, enforcement and modification of foreign support orders from countries that are parties to the Convention. The provisions relating to the Hague Convention shall become effective upon ratification by the United States Congress.
This act is substantially similar to HB 1799 (2010).