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Title 15B : Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (1996)

Chapter 013 : CIVIL PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION

(Cite as: 15B V.S.A. § 1307)
  • § 1307. Duties of support enforcement

    (a) A support enforcement agency of this State, upon request, shall provide services to a petitioner in a proceeding under this title.

    (b) A support enforcement agency of this State that is providing services to the petitioner shall:

    (1) take all steps necessary to enable an appropriate tribunal of this State or another state or a foreign country to obtain jurisdiction over the respondent;

    (2) request an appropriate tribunal to set a date, time, and place for a hearing;

    (3) make a reasonable effort to obtain all relevant information, including information as to income and property of the parties;

    (4) within two days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt of notice in a record from an initiating, responding, or registering tribunal, send a copy of the notice to the petitioner;

    (5) within two days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt of a communication in a record from the respondent or the respondent's attorney, send a copy of the communication to the petitioner; and

    (6) notify the petitioner if jurisdiction over the respondent cannot be obtained.

    (c) A support enforcement agency of this State that requests registration of a child support order in this State for enforcement or for modification shall make reasonable efforts:

    (1) to ensure that the order to be registered is the controlling order; or

    (2) if two or more child support orders exist and the identity of the controlling order has not been determined, to ensure that a request for such a determination is made in a tribunal having jurisdiction to do so.

    (d) A support enforcement agency of this State that requests registration and enforcement of a support order, arrears, or judgment stated in a foreign currency shall convert the amounts stated in the foreign currency into the equivalent amounts in dollars under the applicable official or market exchange rate as publicly reported.

    (e) A support enforcement agency of this State shall issue or request a tribunal of this State to issue a child support order and an income withholding order that redirect payment of current support, arrears, and interest if requested to do so by a support enforcement agency of another state pursuant to section 1319 of this title.

    (f) This title does not create or negate a relationship of attorney and client or other fiduciary relationship between a support enforcement agency or the attorney for the agency and the individual being assisted by the agency. (Added 2015, No. 16, § 2, eff. June 1, 2015.)