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518C.207 RECOGNITION OF CONTROLLING CHILD SUPPORT ORDER.
(a) If a proceeding is brought under this chapter and only one tribunal has issued a child
support order, the order of that tribunal is controlling and must be recognized.
(b) If a proceeding is brought under this chapter, and two or more child support orders have
been issued by tribunals of this state or another state with regard to the same obligor and child, a
tribunal of this state shall apply the following rules in determining which order to recognize for
purposes of continuing, exclusive jurisdiction:
(1) If only one of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this
chapter, the order of that tribunal is controlling and must be recognized.
(2) If more than one of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this
chapter, an order issued by a tribunal in the current home state of the child must be recognized,
but if an order has not been issued in the current home state of the child, the order most recently
issued is controlling and must be recognized.
(3) If none of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this chapter,
the tribunal of this state having jurisdiction over the parties shall issue a child support order,
which is controlling and must be recognized.
(c) If two or more child support orders have been issued for the same obligor and child and if
the obligor or the individual obligee resides in this state, a party may request a tribunal of this
state to determine which order controls and must be recognized under paragraph (b). The request
must be accompanied by a certified copy of every support order in effect. The requesting party
shall give notice of the request to each party whose rights may be affected by the determination.
(d) The tribunal that issued the order that must be recognized as controlling under paragraph
(b) or (c) is the tribunal that has continuing, exclusive jurisdiction in accordance with section
518C.205.
(e) A tribunal of this state which determines by order the identity of the controlling child
support order under paragraph (b), clause (1) or (2), or which issues a new controlling child
support order under paragraph (b), clause (3), shall include in that order the basis upon which
the tribunal made its determination.
(f) Within 30 days after issuance of the order determining the identity of the controlling
order, the party obtaining that order shall file a certified copy of it with each tribunal that had
issued or registered an earlier order of child support. A party who obtains the order and fails to
file a certified copy is subject to appropriate sanctions by a tribunal in which the issue of failure to
file arises. The failure to file does not affect the validity or enforceability of the controlling order.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 7; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 52