Chapter 132
2015 -- H 6162
Enacted 06/25/2015

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Introduced By: Representatives Ucci, Maldonado, Fogarty, and Regunberg
Date Introduced: May 01, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Sections 15-23.1-201, 15-23.1-604, 15-23.1-708 and 15-23.1-904 of the
General Laws in Chapter 15-23.1 entitled "Uniform Interstate Family Support Act" are hereby
amended to read as follows:
     15-23.1-201. Bases for jurisdiction over nonresident. [Contingent effective date; see
note.] -- (a) In proceeding to establish or enforce a support order or to determine parentage of a
child, a tribunal of this state may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident individual or
the individual's guardian or conservator if:
      (1) The individual is personally served within this state pursuant to the Rules of
Domestic Relations;
      (2) The individual submits to the jurisdiction of this state by consent in a record, by
entering a general appearance, or by filing a responsive document having the effect of waiving
any contest to personal jurisdiction;
      (3) The individual resided with the child in this state;
      (4) The individual resided in this state and provided prenatal expenses or support for the
      (5) The child resides in this state as a result of the acts or directives of the individual;
      (6) The individual engaged in sexual intercourse in this state and the child may have
been conceived by that act of intercourse;
      (7) The individual acknowledged asserted parentage of a child by completing an
affidavit of paternity in this state signed by both parents; or
      (8) There is any other basis consistent with the constitutions of this state, and the United
States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.
      (b) The bases of personal jurisdiction set forth in subsection (a) or in any other law of
this state may not be used to acquire personal jurisdiction for a tribunal of this state to modify a
child support order of another state unless the requirements of § 15-23.1-611 or, in the case of a
foreign support order, unless the requirements of § 15-23.1-615 are met.
     15-23.1-604. Choice of law. [Contingent effective date; see note.] -- (a) Except as
otherwise provided in subsection (d), the law of the issuing state or foreign country governs: (1)
the nature, extent, amount, and duration of current payments under a registered support order; (2)
the computation and payment of arrearages and accrual of interest on the arrearages under the
support order; and (3) the existence and satisfaction of other obligations under the support order.
      (b) In a proceeding for arrears under a registered support order, the statute of limitation
of this state or of the issuing state or foreign country, whichever is longer, applies.
      (c) A responding tribunal of this state shall apply the procedures and remedies of this
state or foreign country to enforce current support and collect arrears and interest due on a
support order of another state or foreign country registered in this state.
      (d) After a tribunal of this or another state determines which is the controlling order and
issues an order consolidating arrears, if any, a tribunal of this state shall prospectively apply the
law of the state or foreign country issuing the controlling order, including its law on interest on
arrears, on current and future support, and on consolidated arrears.
     15-23.1-708. Recognition and enforcement of registered convention support order.
[Contingent effective date; see note.] -- (a) Except as otherwise provide in subsection (b), a
tribunal of this state shall recognize and enforce a registered convention support order.
      (b) The following grounds are the only grounds on which a tribunal of this state may
refuse recognition and enforcement of a registered convention support order;
      (1) Recognition and enforcement of the order is manifestly incompatible with public
policy, including the failure of the issuing tribunal to observe minimum standards of due process,
which include notice and an opportunity to be heard;
      (2) The issuing tribunal lacked personal jurisdiction consistent with section 201;
      (3) The order is not enforceable in the issuing country;
      (4) The order was obtained by fraud in connection with a matter or procedure;
      (5) A record transmitted in accordance with § 15-23.1-706 lacks authenticity;
      (6) A proceeding between the same parties and having the same purpose is pending
before a tribunal of this state and that proceeding was the first to be filed;
      (7) The order is incompatible with a more recent support order involving the same
parties and having the same purpose if the more recent support order is entitled to recognition and
enforcement under this chapter in this state;
      (8) Payment, to the extent alleged arrears have been paid in whole or in part;
      (9) In a case in which the respondent neither appeared nor was represented in the
proceeding in the issuing foreign country:
      (i) If the law or that a country provides for prior notice of proceedings, the respondent
did not have proper notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard; or
      (ii) If the law of that country does not provide for prior notice of the proceedings, the
respondent did not have proper notice of the order and an opportunity to be heard in a challenge
or appeal on fact or law before a tribunal; or
      (10) The order was made in violation of § 15-23.1-711.
      (c) If a tribunal of this state does not recognize a convention support order under
subsection (b)(2),(b)(4), (6), or (b)(9):
      (1) The tribunal may not dismiss the proceeding without allowing a reasonable time for
party to request the establishment of a new convention support order; and
      (2) The court shall take all appropriate measures to request a child-support order for the
obligee if the application for recognition and enforcement was received under § 15-23.1-704.
     15-23.1-904. Effective date. [Contingent effective date; see note.] -- This chapter, as
amended, takes effect six (6) months after either congress amending 42 USC § 666(f) to allow or
require states to adopt this version of the uniform interstate family support act, or six (6) months
after the state obtaining a waiver of its state plan requirement under title IV-D of the social
security act July 1, 2015.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.