Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 11.1
Full Enforcement of Support Obligations

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-11.1-4

§ 15-11.1-4. Family court compliance hearing.

(a) An obligor may request a hearing before a magistrate of the family court upon receipt of service of the notice described in § 15-11.1-3. The request for a hearing must be made in writing and must be received by the department within thirty (30) days of the date of the notice. The department shall promptly file the obligor’s written request for a hearing with the clerk of the family court or his or her designee; the clerk shall then assign the matter for a hearing before a magistrate of the family court.

(b) The department shall notify the obligor in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing assigned by the clerk. Service of the hearing notice must be made by first class mail.

(c) The issues that may be determined at the hearing are limited to whether the obligor is required to pay child support under a court or administrative order and whether the obligor is in compliance with a court order of support.

(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the obligor from filing other appropriate motions for relief, including but not limited to a motion to modify a support order, with the family court.

[See § 12-1-15 of the General Laws.]

History of Section.
P.L. 1995, ch. 370, art. 29, § 6; P.L. 1995, ch. 374, § 6; P.L. 1997, ch. 170, § 5; P.L. 1998, ch. 442, § 6.