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CHAPTER 518C. UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT

Table of Sections
SectionHeadnote
518C.01Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.02Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.03Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.04Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.05Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.06Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.07Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.08Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.09Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.10Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4

GENERAL PROVISIONS

518C.101DEFINITIONS.
518C.102TRIBUNAL OF THIS STATE.
518C.103REMEDIES CUMULATIVE.
518C.11Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.12Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.13Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.14Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.15Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.16Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.17Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.18Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.19Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.20Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4

JURISDICTION

PART A. EXTENDED PERSONAL JURISDICTION

518C.201BASES FOR JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT.
518C.202PROCEDURE WHEN EXERCISING JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT.

PART B. PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING

TWO OR MORE STATES

518C.203INITIATING AND RESPONDING TRIBUNAL OF THIS STATE.
518C.204SIMULTANEOUS PROCEEDINGS IN ANOTHER STATE.
518C.205CONTINUING, EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION.
518C.206ENFORCEMENT AND MODIFICATION OF SUPPORT ORDER BY TRIBUNAL HAVING CONTINUING JURISDICTION.

PART C. RECONCILIATION OF

MULTIPLE ORDERS

518C.207RECOGNITION OF CONTROLLING CHILD SUPPORT ORDER.
518C.208MULTIPLE CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS FOR TWO OR MORE OBLIGEES.
518C.209CREDIT FOR PAYMENTS.
518C.21Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.22Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.23Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.24Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.25Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.26Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.27Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.28Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.29Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.30Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4

CIVIL PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION

518C.301PROCEEDINGS UNDER THIS CHAPTER.
518C.302ACTION BY MINOR PARENT.
518C.303APPLICATION OF LAW OF THIS STATE.
518C.304DUTIES OF INITIATING TRIBUNAL.
518C.305DUTIES AND POWERS OF RESPONDING TRIBUNAL.
518C.306INAPPROPRIATE TRIBUNAL.
518C.307DUTIES OF SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
518C.308DUTY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL.
518C.309PRIVATE COUNSEL.
518C.31Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.310DUTIES OF STATE INFORMATION AGENCY.
518C.311PLEADINGS AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS.
518C.312NONDISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
518C.313COSTS AND FEES.
518C.314LIMITED IMMUNITY OF PETITIONER.
518C.315NONPARENTAGE AS DEFENSE.
518C.316SPECIAL RULES OF EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE.
518C.317COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN TRIBUNALS.
518C.318ASSISTANCE WITH DISCOVERY.
518C.319RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT OF PAYMENTS.
518C.32Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.33Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.34Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.35Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4
518C.36Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4

ESTABLISHMENT OF SUPPORT ORDER

518C.401PETITION TO ESTABLISH SUPPORT ORDER.

ENFORCEMENT OF ORDER OF ANOTHER

STATE WITHOUT REGISTRATION

518C.501EMPLOYER'S RECEIPT OF INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE.
518C.502ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS.
518C.5025EMPLOYER'S COMPLIANCE WITH INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE.
518C.503COMPLIANCE WITH MULTIPLE INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDERS.
518C.504IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY.
518C.505PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE.
518C.506CONTEST BY OBLIGOR.
518C.508ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS.

ENFORCEMENT AND MODIFICATION

OF SUPPORT ORDER AFTER REGISTRATION

PART A. REGISTRATION AND

ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT ORDER

518C.601REGISTRATION OF ORDER FOR ENFORCEMENT.
518C.602PROCEDURE TO REGISTER ORDER FOR ENFORCEMENT.
518C.603EFFECT OF REGISTRATION FOR ENFORCEMENT.
518C.604CHOICE OF LAW.

PART B. CONTEST OF VALIDITY OF ENFORCEMENT

518C.605NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF ORDER.
518C.606PROCEDURE TO CONTEST VALIDITY OR ENFORCEMENT OF REGISTERED ORDER.
518C.607CONTEST OF REGISTRATION OR ENFORCEMENT.
518C.608CONFIRMED ORDER.

PART C. REGISTRATION AND MODIFICATION

OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

518C.609PROCEDURE TO REGISTER CHILD SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE FOR MODIFICATION.
518C.610EFFECT OF REGISTRATION FOR MODIFICATION.
518C.611MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE.
518C.612RECOGNITION OF ORDER MODIFIED IN ANOTHER STATE.
518C.613JURISDICTION TO MODIFY SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE WHEN INDIVIDUAL PARTIES RESIDE IN THIS STATE.
518C.614NOTICE TO ISSUING TRIBUNAL OF MODIFICATION.

DETERMINATION OF PARENTAGE

518C.701PROCEEDING TO DETERMINE PARENTAGE.

INTERSTATE RENDITION

518C.801GROUNDS FOR RENDITION.
518C.802CONDITIONS OF RENDITION.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

518C.901UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION.
518C.9011Repealed, 1997 c 203 art 6 s 93
518C.902SHORT TITLE.
518C.01 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.02 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.03 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.04 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.05 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.06 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.07 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.08 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.09 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.10 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]

GENERAL PROVISIONS

518C.101 DEFINITIONS.
In this chapter:
(a) "Child" means an individual, whether over or under the age of majority, who is or is
alleged to be owed a duty of support by the individual's parent or who is or is alleged to be the
beneficiary of a support order directed to the parent.
(b) "Child support order" means a support order for a child, including a child who has
attained the age of majority under the law of the issuing state.
(c) "Duty of support" means an obligation imposed or imposable by law to provide support
for a child, spouse, or former spouse, including an unsatisfied obligation to provide support.
(d) "Home state" means the state in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as
parent for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the time of filing of a petition
or comparable pleading for support and, if a child is less than six months old, the state in which
the child lived from birth with any of them. A period of temporary absence of any of them is
counted as part of the six-month or other period.
(e) "Income" includes earnings or other periodic entitlements to money from any source and
any other property subject to withholding for support under the law of this state.
(f) "Income-withholding order" means an order or other legal process directed to an
obligor's employer or other debtor under section 518A.53, to withhold support from the income
of the obligor.
(g) "Initiating state" means a state from which a proceeding is forwarded or in which a
proceeding is filed for forwarding to a responding state under this chapter or a law or procedure
substantially similar to this chapter, or under a law or procedure substantially similar to the
Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement
of Support Act.
(h) "Initiating tribunal" means the authorized tribunal in an initiating state.
(i) "Issuing state" means the state in which a tribunal issues a support order or renders
a judgment determining parentage.
(j) "Issuing tribunal" means the tribunal that issues a support order or renders a judgment
determining parentage.
(k) "Law" includes decisional and statutory law and rules and regulations having the force
of law.
(l) "Obligee" means:
(1) an individual to whom a duty of support is or is alleged to be owed or in whose favor a
support order has been issued or a judgment determining parentage has been rendered;
(2) a state or political subdivision to which the rights under a duty of support or support
order have been assigned or which has independent claims based on financial assistance provided
to an individual obligee; or
(3) an individual seeking a judgment determining parentage of the individual's child.
(m) "Obligor" means an individual, or the estate of a decedent:
(1) who owes or is alleged to owe a duty of support;
(2) who is alleged but has not been adjudicated to be a parent of a child; or
(3) who is liable under a support order.
(n) "Register" means to file a support order or judgment determining parentage in the office
of the court administrator.
(o) "Registering tribunal" means a tribunal in which a support order is registered.
(p) "Responding state" means a state in which a proceeding is filed or to which a proceeding
is forwarded for filing from an initiating state under this chapter or a law or procedure substantially
similar to this chapter, or under a law or procedure substantially similar to the Uniform Reciprocal
Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
(q) "Responding tribunal" means the authorized tribunal in a responding state.
(r) "Spousal support order" means a support order for a spouse or former spouse of the
obligor.
(s) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the
United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of
the United States. "State" includes:
(1) an Indian tribe; and
(2) a foreign jurisdiction that has enacted a law or established procedures for issuance and
enforcement of support orders that are substantially similar to the procedures under this chapter
or the procedures under the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised
Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
(t) "Support enforcement agency" means a public official or agency authorized to:
(1) seek enforcement of support orders or laws relating to the duty of support;
(2) seek establishment or modification of child support;
(3) seek determination of parentage; or
(4) locate obligors or their assets.
(u) "Support order" means a judgment, decree, or order, whether temporary, final, or subject
to modification, for the benefit of a child, spouse, or former spouse, which provides for monetary
support, health care, arrearages, or reimbursement, and may include related costs and fees,
interest, income withholding, attorney's fees, and other relief.
(v) "Tribunal" means a court, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity authorized to
establish, enforce, or modify support orders or to determine parentage.
History: 1994 c 630 art 1 s 1; 1995 c 186 s 95; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 50,92; 2005 c 164 s
29; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 28
518C.102 TRIBUNAL OF THIS STATE.
A court, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity authorized to establish, enforce, or
modify support orders or to determine parentage are tribunals of this state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 1 s 2
518C.103 REMEDIES CUMULATIVE.
Remedies provided by this chapter are cumulative and do not affect the availability of
remedies under other law.
History: 1994 c 630 art 1 s 3
518C.11 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.12 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.13 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.14 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.15 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.16 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.17 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.18 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.19 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.20 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]

JURISDICTION

PART A. EXTENDED PERSONAL JURISDICTION

518C.201 BASES FOR JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT.
In a proceeding to establish, enforce, or modify a support order or to determine parentage, 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 with a summons or comparable document within
this state;
(2) the individual submits to the jurisdiction of this state by consent, 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 child;
(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 asserted parentage under sections 257.51 to 257.75; or
(8) there is any other basis consistent with the constitutions of this state and the United
States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 1
518C.202 PROCEDURE WHEN EXERCISING JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT.
A tribunal of this state exercising personal jurisdiction over a nonresident under section
518C.201 may apply section 518C.316 to receive evidence from another state, and section
518C.318 to obtain discovery through a tribunal of another state. In all other respects, sections
518C.301 to 518C.701 do not apply and the tribunal shall apply the procedural and substantive
law of this state, including the rules on choice of law other than those established by this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 2

PART B. PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING

TWO OR MORE STATES

518C.203 INITIATING AND RESPONDING TRIBUNAL OF THIS STATE.
Under this chapter, a tribunal of this state may serve as an initiating tribunal to forward
proceedings to another state and as a responding tribunal for proceedings initiated in another state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 3
518C.204 SIMULTANEOUS PROCEEDINGS IN ANOTHER STATE.
(a) A tribunal of this state may exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the petition
or comparable pleading is filed after a petition or comparable pleading is filed in another state
only if:
(1) the petition or comparable pleading in this state is filed before the expiration of the time
allowed in the other state for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction
by the other state;
(2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in the other state; and
(3) if relevant, this state is the home state of the child.
(b) A tribunal of this state may not exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the
petition or comparable pleading is filed before a petition or comparable pleading is filed in
another state if:
(1) the petition or comparable pleading in the other state is filed before the expiration of the
time allowed in this state for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction
by this state;
(2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in this state; and
(3) if relevant, the other state is the home state of the child.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 4
518C.205 CONTINUING, EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION.
(a) A tribunal of this state issuing a support order consistent with the law of this state has
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a child support order:
(1) as long as this state remains the residence of the obligor, the individual obligee, or the
child for whose benefit the support order is issued; or
(2) until all of the parties who are individuals have filed written consents with the tribunal
of this state for a tribunal of another state to modify the order and assume continuing, exclusive
jurisdiction.
(b) A tribunal of this state issuing a child support order consistent with the law of this state
may not exercise its continuing jurisdiction to modify the order if the order has been modified by
a tribunal of another state pursuant to this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter.
(c) If a child support order of this state is modified by a tribunal of another state pursuant
to this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter, a tribunal of this state loses its
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction with regard to prospective enforcement of the order issued
in this state, and may only:
(1) enforce the order that was modified as to amounts accruing before the modification;
(2) enforce nonmodifiable aspects of that order; and
(3) provide other appropriate relief for violations of that order which occurred before the
effective date of the modification.
(d) A tribunal of this state shall recognize the continuing, exclusive jurisdiction of a
tribunal of another state which has issued a child support order pursuant to this chapter or a law
substantially similar to this chapter.
(e) A temporary support order issued ex parte or pending resolution of a jurisdictional
conflict does not create continuing, exclusive jurisdiction in the issuing tribunal.
(f) A tribunal of this state issuing a support order consistent with the law of this state has
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a spousal support order throughout the existence of the
support obligation. A tribunal of this state may not modify a spousal support order issued by a
tribunal of another state having continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over that order under the law of
that state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 5; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 51
518C.206 ENFORCEMENT AND MODIFICATION OF SUPPORT ORDER BY
TRIBUNAL HAVING CONTINUING JURISDICTION.
(a) A tribunal of this state may serve as an initiating tribunal to request a tribunal of another
state to enforce or modify a support order issued in that state.
(b) A tribunal of this state having continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a support order may
act as a responding tribunal to enforce or modify the order. If a party subject to the continuing,
exclusive jurisdiction of the tribunal no longer resides in the issuing state, in subsequent
proceedings the tribunal may apply section 518C.316 to receive evidence from another state and
section 518C.318 to obtain discovery through a tribunal of another state.
(c) A tribunal of this state which lacks continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a spousal
support order may not serve as a responding tribunal to modify a spousal support order of another
state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 6

PART C. RECONCILIATION OF

MULTIPLE ORDERS

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
518C.208 MULTIPLE CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS FOR TWO OR MORE OBLIGEES.
In responding to multiple registrations or petitions for enforcement of two or more child
support orders in effect at the same time with regard to the same obligor and different individual
obligees, at least one of which was issued by a tribunal of another state, a tribunal of this state
shall enforce those orders in the same manner as if the multiple orders had been issued by a
tribunal of this state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 8
518C.209 CREDIT FOR PAYMENTS.
Amounts collected and credited for a particular period pursuant to a support order issued by
a tribunal of another state must be credited against the amounts accruing or accrued for the same
period under a support order issued by the tribunal of this state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 2 s 9
518C.21 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.22 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.23 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.24 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.25 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.26 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.27 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.28 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.29 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.30 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]

CIVIL PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION

518C.301 PROCEEDINGS UNDER THIS CHAPTER.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, sections 518C.301 to 518C.319 apply to
all proceedings under this chapter.
(b) This chapter provides for the following proceedings:
(1) establishment of an order for spousal support or child support pursuant to section
518C.401;
(2) enforcement of a support order and income-withholding order of another state without
registration pursuant to sections 518C.501 and 518C.502;
(3) registration of an order for spousal support or child support of another state for
enforcement pursuant to sections 518C.601 to 518C.612;
(4) modification of an order for child support or spousal support issued by a tribunal of this
state pursuant to sections 518C.203 to 518C.206;
(5) registration of an order for child support of another state for modification pursuant
to sections 518C.601 to 518C.612;
(6) determination of parentage pursuant to section 518C.701; and
(7) assertion of jurisdiction over nonresidents pursuant to sections 518C.201 and 518C.202.
(c) An individual petitioner or a support enforcement agency may commence a proceeding
authorized under this chapter by filing a petition in an initiating tribunal for forwarding to a
responding tribunal or by filing a petition or a comparable pleading directly in a tribunal of
another state which has or can obtain personal jurisdiction over the respondent.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 1
518C.302 ACTION BY MINOR PARENT.
A minor parent, or a guardian or other legal representative of a minor parent, may maintain a
proceeding on behalf of or for the benefit of the minor's child.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 2
518C.303 APPLICATION OF LAW OF THIS STATE.
Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, a responding tribunal of this state:
(1) shall apply the procedural and substantive law, including the rules on choice of law,
generally applicable to similar proceedings originating in this state and may exercise all powers
and provide all remedies available in those proceedings; and
(2) shall determine the duty of support and the amount payable in accordance with the law
and support guidelines of this state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 3
518C.304 DUTIES OF INITIATING TRIBUNAL.
(a) Upon the filing of a petition authorized by this chapter, an initiating tribunal of this state
shall forward three copies of the petition and its accompanying documents:
(1) to the responding tribunal or appropriate support enforcement agency in the responding
state; or
(2) if the identity of the responding tribunal is unknown, to the state information agency of
the responding state with a request that they be forwarded to the appropriate tribunal and that
receipt be acknowledged.
(b) If a responding state has not enacted this chapter or a law or procedure substantially
similar to this chapter, a tribunal of this state may issue a certificate or other documents and
make findings required by the law of the responding state. If the responding state is a foreign
jurisdiction, the tribunal may specify the amount of support sought and provide other documents
necessary to satisfy the requirements of the responding state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 4; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 53
518C.305 DUTIES AND POWERS OF RESPONDING TRIBUNAL.
(a) When a responding tribunal of this state receives a petition or comparable pleading from
an initiating tribunal or directly pursuant to section 518C.301, paragraph (c), it shall cause the
petition or pleading to be filed and notify the petitioner where and when it was filed.
(b) A responding tribunal of this state, to the extent otherwise authorized by law, may do one
or more of the following:
(1) issue or enforce a support order, modify a child support order, or render a judgment to
determine parentage;
(2) order an obligor to comply with a support order, specifying the amount and the manner
of compliance;
(3) order income withholding;
(4) determine the amount of any arrearages, and specify a method of payment;
(5) enforce orders by civil or criminal contempt, or both;
(6) set aside property for satisfaction of the support order;
(7) place liens and order execution on the obligor's property;
(8) order an obligor to keep the tribunal informed of the obligor's current residential address,
telephone number, employer, address of employment, and telephone number at the place of
employment;
(9) issue a bench warrant for an obligor who has failed after proper notice to appear at a
hearing ordered by the tribunal and enter the bench warrant in any local and state computer
systems for criminal warrants;
(10) order the obligor to seek appropriate employment by specified methods;
(11) award reasonable attorney's fees and other fees and costs; and
(12) grant any other available remedy.
(c) A responding tribunal of this state shall include in a support order issued under this
chapter, or in the documents accompanying the order, the calculations on which the support
order is based.
(d) A responding tribunal of this state may not condition the payment of a support order
issued under this chapter upon compliance by a party with provisions for visitation.
(e) If a responding tribunal of this state issues an order under this chapter, the tribunal shall
send a copy of the order to the petitioner and the respondent and to the initiating tribunal, if any.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 5; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 54; 1997 c 245 art 3 s 12
518C.306 INAPPROPRIATE TRIBUNAL.
If a petition or comparable pleading is received by an inappropriate tribunal of this state, it
shall forward the pleading and accompanying documents to an appropriate tribunal in this state or
another state and notify the petitioner where and when the pleading was sent.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 6; 1997 c 245 art 3 s 13
518C.307 DUTIES OF SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
(a) A support enforcement agency of this state, upon request, shall provide services to a
petitioner in a proceeding under this chapter.
(b) A support enforcement agency that is providing services to the petitioner as appropriate
shall:
(1) take all steps necessary to enable an appropriate tribunal in this state or another state 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 a
written notice 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 written communication 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) This chapter 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.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 7; 1997 c 245 art 3 s 14
518C.308 DUTY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL.
If the attorney general determines that the support enforcement agency is neglecting or
refusing to provide services to an individual, the attorney general may order the agency to perform
its duties under this chapter or may provide those services directly to the individual.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 8
518C.309 PRIVATE COUNSEL.
An individual may employ private counsel to represent the individual in proceedings
authorized by this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 9
518C.31 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.310 DUTIES OF STATE INFORMATION AGENCY.
(a) The unit within the Department of Human Services that receives and disseminates
incoming interstate actions under title IV-D of the Social Security Act from section 518C.02,
subdivision 1a
, is the State Information Agency under this chapter.
(b) The State Information Agency shall:
(1) compile and maintain a current list, including addresses, of the tribunals in this state
which have jurisdiction under this chapter and any support enforcement agencies in this state and
transmit a copy to the state information agency of every other state;
(2) maintain a register of tribunals and support enforcement agencies received from other
states;
(3) forward to the appropriate tribunal in the place in this state in which the individual
obligee or the obligor resides, or in which the obligor's property is believed to be located, all
documents concerning a proceeding under this chapter received from an initiating tribunal or the
state information agency of the initiating state; and
(4) obtain information concerning the location of the obligor and the obligor's property
within this state not exempt from execution, by such means as postal verification and federal or
state locator services, examination of telephone directories, requests for the obligor's address from
employers, and examination of governmental records, including, to the extent not prohibited
by other law, those relating to real property, vital statistics, law enforcement, taxation, motor
vehicles, driver's licenses, and Social Security.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 10; 1995 c 257 art 3 s 13; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 55
518C.311 PLEADINGS AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS.
(a) A petitioner seeking to establish or modify a support order or to determine parentage
in a proceeding under this chapter must verify the petition. Unless otherwise ordered under
section 518C.312, the petition or accompanying documents must provide, so far as known, the
name, residential address, and Social Security numbers of the obligor and the obligee, and the
name, sex, residential address, Social Security number, and date of birth of each child for whom
support is sought. The petition must be accompanied by a certified copy of any support order in
effect. The petition may include any other information that may assist in locating or identifying
the respondent.
(b) The petition must specify the relief sought. The petition and accompanying documents
must conform substantially with the requirements imposed by the forms mandated by federal law
for use in cases filed by a support enforcement agency.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 11
518C.312 NONDISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION IN EXCEPTIONAL
CIRCUMSTANCES.
Upon a finding, which may be made ex parte, that the health, safety, or liberty of a party
or child would be unreasonably put at risk by the disclosure of identifying information, or if an
existing order so provides, a tribunal shall order that the address of the child or party or other
identifying information not be disclosed in a pleading or other document filed in a proceeding
under this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 12
518C.313 COSTS AND FEES.
(a) The petitioner may not be required to pay a filing fee or other costs.
(b) If an obligee prevails, a responding tribunal may assess against an obligor filing fees,
reasonable attorney's fees, other costs, and necessary travel and other reasonable expenses
incurred by the obligee and the obligee's witnesses. The tribunal may not assess fees, costs, or
expenses against the obligee or the support enforcement agency of either the initiating or the
responding state, except as provided by other law. Attorney's fees may be taxed as costs, and may
be ordered paid directly to the attorney, who may enforce the order in the attorney's own name.
Payment of support owed to the obligee has priority over fees, costs, and expenses.
(c) The tribunal shall order the payment of costs and reasonable attorney's fees if it
determines that a hearing was requested primarily for delay. In a proceeding under sections
518C.601 to 518C.612, a hearing is presumed to have been requested primarily for delay if a
registered support order is confirmed or enforced without change.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 13
518C.314 LIMITED IMMUNITY OF PETITIONER.
(a) Participation by a petitioner in a proceeding before a responding tribunal, whether in
person, by private attorney, or through services provided by the support enforcement agency, does
not confer personal jurisdiction over the petitioner in another proceeding.
(b) A petitioner is not amenable to service of civil process while physically present in this
state to participate in a proceeding under this chapter.
(c) The immunity granted by this section does not extend to civil litigation based on acts
unrelated to a proceeding under this chapter committed by a party while present in this state to
participate in the proceeding.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 14
518C.315 NONPARENTAGE AS DEFENSE.
A party whose parentage of a child has been previously determined by or pursuant to law
may not plead nonparentage as a defense to a proceeding under this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 15
518C.316 SPECIAL RULES OF EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE.
(a) The physical presence of the petitioner in a responding tribunal of this state is not
required for the establishment, enforcement, or modification of a support order or the rendition of
a judgment determining parentage.
(b) A verified petition, affidavit, document substantially complying with federally mandated
forms, and a document incorporated by reference in any of them, not excluded under the hearsay
rule if given in person, is admissible in evidence if given under oath by a party or witness residing
in another state.
(c) A copy of the record of child support payments certified as a true copy of the original by
the custodian of the record may be forwarded to a responding tribunal. The copy is evidence of
facts asserted in it, and is admissible to show whether payments were made.
(d) Copies of bills for testing for parentage, and for prenatal and postnatal health care of
the mother and child, furnished to the adverse party at least ten days before trial, are admissible
in evidence to prove the amount of the charges billed and that the charges were reasonable,
necessary, and customary.
(e) Documentary evidence transmitted from another state to a tribunal of this state by
telephone, telecopier, or other means that do not provide an original writing may not be excluded
from evidence on an objection based on the means of transmission.
(f) In a proceeding under this chapter, a tribunal of this state may permit a party or witness
residing in another state to be deposed or to testify by telephone, audiovisual means, or other
electronic means at a designated tribunal or other location in that state. A tribunal of this state
shall cooperate with tribunals of other states in designating an appropriate location for the
deposition or testimony.
(g) If a party called to testify at a civil hearing refuses to answer on the ground that the
testimony may be self-incriminating, the trier of fact may draw an adverse inference from the
refusal.
(h) A privilege against disclosure of communications between spouses does not apply in a
proceeding under this chapter.
(i) The defense of immunity based on the relationship of husband and wife or parent and
child does not apply in a proceeding under this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 16
518C.317 COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN TRIBUNALS.
A tribunal of this state may communicate with a tribunal of another state in writing, or
by telephone or other means, to obtain information concerning the laws of that state, the legal
effect of a judgment, decree, or order of that tribunal, and the status of a proceeding in the other
state. A tribunal of this state may furnish similar information by similar means to a tribunal
of another state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 17
518C.318 ASSISTANCE WITH DISCOVERY.
A tribunal of this state may:
(1) request a tribunal of another state to assist in obtaining discovery; and
(2) upon request, compel a person over whom it has jurisdiction to respond to a discovery
order issued by a tribunal of another state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 18
518C.319 RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT OF PAYMENTS.
A support enforcement agency or tribunal of this state shall disburse promptly any amounts
received pursuant to a support order, as directed by the order. The agency or tribunal shall furnish
to a requesting party or tribunal of another state a certified statement by the custodian of the
record of the amounts and dates of all payments received.
History: 1994 c 630 art 3 s 19
518C.32 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.33 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.34 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.35 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]
518C.36 [Repealed, 1994 c 630 art 9 s 4]

ESTABLISHMENT OF SUPPORT ORDER

518C.401 PETITION TO ESTABLISH SUPPORT ORDER.
(a) If a support order entitled to recognition under this chapter has not been issued, a
responding tribunal of this state may issue a support order if:
(1) the individual seeking the order resides in another state; or
(2) the support enforcement agency seeking the order is located in another state.
(b) The tribunal may issue a temporary child support order if:
(1) the respondent has signed a verified statement acknowledging parentage;
(2) the respondent has been determined by law to be the parent; or
(3) there is other clear and convincing evidence that the respondent is the child's parent.
(c) Upon a finding, after notice and opportunity to be heard, that an obligor owes a duty
of support, the tribunal shall issue a support order directed to the obligor and may issue other
orders according to section 518C.305.
History: 1994 c 630 art 4 s 1; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 56

ENFORCEMENT OF ORDER OF ANOTHER

STATE WITHOUT REGISTRATION

518C.501 EMPLOYER'S RECEIPT OF INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDER OF
ANOTHER STATE.
An income-withholding order issued in another state may be sent to the person or entity
defined as the obligor's employer under section 518A.53 without first filing a petition or
comparable pleading or registering the order with a tribunal of this state.
History: 1994 c 630 art 5 s 1; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 57,92; 2005 c 164 s 29; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 28
518C.502 ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS.
(a) A party seeking to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or both,
issued by a tribunal of another state may send the documents required for registering the order to
a support enforcement agency of this state.
(b) Upon receipt of the documents, the support enforcement agency, without initially
seeking to register the order, shall consider and, if appropriate, use any administrative procedure
authorized by the law of this state to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or
both. If the obligor does not contest administrative enforcement, the order need not be registered.
If the obligor contests the validity or administrative enforcement of the order, the support
enforcement agency shall register the order pursuant to this chapter.
History: 1994 c 630 art 5 s 2
518C.5025 EMPLOYER'S COMPLIANCE WITH INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDER
OF ANOTHER STATE.
(a) Upon receipt of an income-withholding order, the obligor's employer shall immediately
provide a copy of the order to the obligor.
(b) The employer shall treat an income-withholding order issued in another state which
appears regular on its face as if it had been issued by a tribunal of this state.
(c) Except as provided by paragraph (d) and section 518C.503, the employer shall withhold
and distribute the funds as directed in the withholding order by complying with the terms of
the order, as applicable, that specify:
(1) the duration and the amount of periodic payments of current child support, stated as
a sum certain;
(2) the person or agency designated to receive payments and the address to which the
payments are to be forwarded;
(3) medical support, whether in the form of periodic cash payment, stated as a sum certain,
or ordering the obligor to provide health insurance coverage for the child under a policy available
through the obligor's employment;
(4) the amount of periodic payments of fees and costs for a support enforcement agency, the
issuing tribunal, and the obligee's attorney, stated as sums certain; and
(5) the amount of periodic payments of arrears and interest on arrears, stated as sums certain.
(d) The employer shall comply with the law of the state of the obligor's principal place of
employment for withholding from income with respect to:
(1) the employer's fee for processing an income-withholding order;
(2) the maximum amount permitted to be withheld from the obligor's income; and
(3) the time periods within which the employer must implement the withholding order and
forward the child support payment.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 58
518C.503 COMPLIANCE WITH MULTIPLE INCOME-WITHHOLDING ORDERS.
If the obligor's employer receives multiple orders to withhold support from the earnings of
the same obligor, the employer satisfies the terms of the multiple orders if the employer complies
with the law of the state of the obligor's principal place of employment to establish the priorities
for withholding and allocating income withheld for multiple child support obligees.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 59
518C.504 IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY.
An employer who complies with an income-withholding order issued in another state in
accordance with this chapter is not subject to civil liability to any individual or agency with regard
to the employer's withholding child support from the obligor's income.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 60
518C.505 PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE.
An employer who willfully fails to comply with an income-withholding order issued by
another state and received for enforcement is subject to the same penalties that may be imposed
for noncompliance with an order issued by a tribunal of this state.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 61
518C.506 CONTEST BY OBLIGOR.
(a) An obligor may contest the validity or enforcement of an income-withholding order
issued in another state and received directly by an employer in this state in the same manner as if
the order had been issued by a tribunal of this state. Section 518C.604 applies to the contest.
(b) The obligor shall give notice of the contest to:
(1) a support enforcement agency providing services to the obligee;
(2) each employer which has directly received an income-withholding order; and
(3) the person or agency designated to receive payments in the income-withholding order or,
if no person or agency is designated, to the obligee.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 62
518C.508 ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS.
(a) A party seeking to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or both,
issued by a tribunal of another state may send the documents required for registering the order to
a support enforcement agency of this state.
(b) Upon receipt of the documents, the support enforcement agency, without initially seeking
to register the order, shall consider and may use any administrative procedure authorized by the
laws of this state to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or both. If the
obligor does not contest administrative enforcement, the order need not be registered. If the
obligor contests the validity or administrative enforcement of the order, the support enforcement
agency shall register the order under this chapter.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 63

ENFORCEMENT AND MODIFICATION

OF SUPPORT ORDER AFTER REGISTRATION

PART A. REGISTRATION AND

ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT ORDER

518C.601 REGISTRATION OF ORDER FOR ENFORCEMENT.
A support order or an income-withholding order issued by a tribunal of another state may be
registered in this state for enforcement.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 1
518C.602 PROCEDURE TO REGISTER ORDER FOR ENFORCEMENT.
(a) A support order or income-withholding order of another state may be registered in this
state by sending the following documents and information to the registering tribunal in this state:
(1) a letter of transmittal to the tribunal requesting registration and enforcement;
(2) two copies, including one certified copy, of all orders to be registered, including any
modification of an order;
(3) a sworn statement by the party seeking registration or a certified statement by the
custodian of the records showing the amount of any arrearage;
(4) the name of the obligor and, if known:
(i) the obligor's address and Social Security number;
(ii) the name and address of the obligor's employer and any other source of income of
the obligor; and
(iii) a description and the location of property of the obligor in this state not exempt from
execution; and
(5) the name and address of the obligee and, if applicable, the agency or person to whom
support payments are to be remitted.
(b) On receipt of a request for registration, the registering tribunal shall cause the order
to be filed as a foreign judgment, together with one copy of the documents and information,
regardless of their form.
(c) A petition or comparable pleading seeking a remedy that must be affirmatively sought
under other law of this state may be filed at the same time as the request for registration or later.
The pleading must specify the grounds for the remedy sought.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 2
518C.603 EFFECT OF REGISTRATION FOR ENFORCEMENT.
(a) A support order or income-withholding order issued in another state is registered when
the order is filed in the registering tribunal of this state.
(b) A registered order issued in another state is enforceable in the same manner and is subject
to the same procedures as an order issued by a tribunal of this state.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a tribunal of this state shall recognize and
enforce, but may not modify, a registered order if the issuing tribunal had jurisdiction.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 3; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 64
518C.604 CHOICE OF LAW.
(a) The law of the issuing state governs the nature, extent, amount, and duration of current
payments and other obligations of support and the payment of arrearages under the order.
(b) In a proceeding for arrearages, the statute of limitation under the laws of this state or of
the issuing state, whichever is longer, applies.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 4

PART B. CONTEST OF VALIDITY OF ENFORCEMENT

518C.605 NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF ORDER.
(a) When a support order or income-withholding order issued in another state is registered,
the registering tribunal shall notify the nonregistering party. The notice must be accompanied by a
copy of the registered order and the documents and relevant information accompanying the order.
(b) The notice must inform the nonregistering party:
(1) that a registered order is enforceable as of the date of registration in the same manner
as an order issued by a tribunal of this state;
(2) that a hearing to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order must be
requested within 20 days after notice;
(3) that failure to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order in a timely
manner will result in confirmation of the order and enforcement of the order and the alleged
arrearages and precludes further contest of that order with respect to any matter that could have
been asserted; and
(4) of the amount of any alleged arrearages.
(c) Upon registration of an income-withholding order for enforcement, the registering
tribunal shall notify the obligor's employer pursuant to section 518A.53.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 5; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 65,92; 1997 c 245 art 3 s 15; 2005 c
164 s 29; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 28
518C.606 PROCEDURE TO CONTEST VALIDITY OR ENFORCEMENT OF
REGISTERED ORDER.
(a) A nonregistering party seeking to contest the validity or enforcement of a registered
order in this state shall request a hearing within 20 days after notice of the registration. The
nonregistering party may seek to vacate the registration, to assert any defense to an allegation of
noncompliance with the registered order, or to contest the remedies being sought or the amount of
any alleged arrearages pursuant to section 518C.607.
(b) If the nonregistering party fails to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered
order in a timely manner, the order is confirmed by operation of law.
(c) If a nonregistering party requests a hearing to contest the validity or enforcement of the
registered order, the registering tribunal shall schedule the matter for hearing and give notice to
the parties of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 6; 1997 c 245 art 3 s 16
518C.607 CONTEST OF REGISTRATION OR ENFORCEMENT.
(a) A party contesting the validity or enforcement of a registered order or seeking to vacate
the registration has the burden of proving one or more of the following defenses:
(1) the issuing tribunal lacked personal jurisdiction over the contesting party;
(2) the order was obtained by fraud;
(3) the order has been vacated, suspended, or modified by a later order;
(4) the issuing tribunal has stayed the order pending appeal;
(5) there is a defense under the law of this state to the remedy sought;
(6) full or partial payment has been made; or
(7) the statute of limitation under section 518C.604 precludes enforcement of some or
all of the arrearages.
(b) If a party presents evidence establishing a full or partial defense under paragraph (a),
a tribunal may stay enforcement of the registered order, continue the proceeding to permit
production of additional relevant evidence, and issue other appropriate orders. An uncontested
portion of the registered order may be enforced by all remedies available under the law of this
state.
(c) If the contesting party does not establish a defense under paragraph (a) to the validity or
enforcement of the order, the registering tribunal shall issue an order confirming the order.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 7
518C.608 CONFIRMED ORDER.
Confirmation of a registered order, whether by operation of law or after notice and hearing,
precludes further contest of the order with respect to any matter that could have been asserted
at the time of registration.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 8; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 66

PART C. REGISTRATION AND MODIFICATION

OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

518C.609 PROCEDURE TO REGISTER CHILD SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER
STATE FOR MODIFICATION.
A party or support enforcement agency seeking to modify, or to modify and enforce, a child
support order issued in another state shall register that order in this state in the same manner
provided in sections 518C.601 to 518C.604 if the order has not been registered. A petition for
modification may be filed at the same time as a request for registration, or later. The pleading
must specify the grounds for modification.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 9
518C.610 EFFECT OF REGISTRATION FOR MODIFICATION.
A tribunal of this state may enforce a child support order of another state registered for
purposes of modification, in the same manner as if the order had been issued by a tribunal of this
state, but the registered order may be modified only if the requirements of section 518C.611
have been met.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 10
518C.611 MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE.
(a) After a child support order issued in another state has been registered in this state, the
responding tribunal of this state may modify that order only if section 518C.613 does not apply
and after notice and hearing, it finds that:
(1) the following requirements are met:
(i) the child, the individual obligee, and the obligor do not reside in the issuing state;
(ii) a petitioner who is a nonresident of this state seeks modification; and
(iii) the respondent is subject to the personal jurisdiction of the tribunal of this state; or
(2) the child, or a party who is an individual, is subject to the personal jurisdiction of the
tribunal of this state and all of the parties who are individuals have filed written consents in the
issuing tribunal for a tribunal of this state to modify the support order and assume continuing,
exclusive jurisdiction over the order. However, if the issuing state is a foreign jurisdiction that
has not enacted a law or established procedures substantially similar to the procedures in this
chapter, the consent otherwise required of an individual residing in this state is not required for
the tribunal to assume jurisdiction to modify the child support order.
(b) Modification of a registered child support order is subject to the same requirements,
procedures, and defenses that apply to the modification of an order issued by a tribunal of this
state and the order may be enforced and satisfied in the same manner.
(c) A tribunal of this state may not modify any aspect of a child support order that may not
be modified under the law of the issuing state. If two or more tribunals have issued child support
orders for the same obligor and child, the order that controls and must be recognized under section
518C.207 establishes the aspects of the support order which are nonmodifiable.
(d) On issuance of an order modifying a child support order issued in another state, a tribunal
of this state becomes the tribunal of continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 11; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 67
518C.612 RECOGNITION OF ORDER MODIFIED IN ANOTHER STATE.
A tribunal of this state shall recognize a modification of its earlier child support order by a
tribunal of another state which assumed jurisdiction according to this chapter or a law substantially
similar to this chapter and, upon request, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, shall:
(1) enforce the order that was modified only as to amounts accruing before the modification;
(2) enforce only nonmodifiable aspects of that order;
(3) provide other appropriate relief only for violations of that order which occurred before
the effective date of the modification; and
(4) recognize the modifying order of the other state, upon registration, for the purpose
of enforcement.
History: 1994 c 630 art 6 s 12; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 68
518C.613 JURISDICTION TO MODIFY SUPPORT ORDER OF ANOTHER STATE
WHEN INDIVIDUAL PARTIES RESIDE IN THIS STATE.
(a) If all of the parties who are individuals reside in this state and the child does not reside
in the issuing state, a tribunal of this state has jurisdiction to enforce and to modify the issuing
state's child support order in a proceeding to register that order.
(b) A tribunal of this state exercising jurisdiction as provided in this section shall apply
sections 518C.101 to 518C.209 and 518C.601 to 518C.614 to the enforcement or modification
proceeding. Sections 518C.301 to 518C.507 and 518C.701 to 518C.802 do not apply and the
tribunal shall apply the procedural and substantive law of this state.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 69
518C.614 NOTICE TO ISSUING TRIBUNAL OF MODIFICATION.
Within 30 days after issuance of a modified child support order, the party obtaining the
modification shall file a certified copy of the order with the issuing tribunal that had continuing,
exclusive jurisdiction over the earlier order, and in each tribunal in which the party knows the
earlier order has been registered. 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 modified order of the new tribunal
having continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.
History: 1997 c 203 art 6 s 70

DETERMINATION OF PARENTAGE

518C.701 PROCEEDING TO DETERMINE PARENTAGE.
(a) A tribunal of this state may serve as an initiating or responding tribunal in a proceeding
brought under this chapter or a law or procedure substantially similar to this chapter, or under a
law or procedure substantially similar to the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, or
the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act to determine that the petitioner is a
parent of a particular child or to determine that a respondent is a parent of that child.
(b) In a proceeding to determine parentage, a responding tribunal of this state shall apply the
Parentage Act, sections 257.51 to 257.74, and the rules of this state on choice of law.
History: 1994 c 630 art 7 s 1; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 71

INTERSTATE RENDITION

518C.801 GROUNDS FOR RENDITION.
(a) For purposes of this article, "governor" includes an individual performing the functions
of governor or the executive authority of a state covered by this chapter.
(b) The governor of this state may:
(1) demand that the governor of another state surrender an individual found in the other
state who is charged criminally in this state with having failed to provide for the support of an
obligee; or
(2) on the demand by the governor of another state, surrender an individual found in this
state who is charged criminally in the other state with having failed to provide for the support of
an obligee.
(c) A provision for extradition of individuals not inconsistent with this chapter applies to the
demand even if the individual whose surrender is demanded was not in the demanding state when
the crime was allegedly committed and has not fled therefrom.
History: 1994 c 630 art 8 s 1
518C.802 CONDITIONS OF RENDITION.
(a) Before making demand that the governor of another state surrender an individual charged
criminally in this state with having failed to provide for the support of an obligee, the governor of
this state may require a prosecutor of this state to demonstrate that at least 60 days previously
the obligee had initiated proceedings for support pursuant to this chapter or that the proceeding
would be of no avail.
(b) If, under this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter, the Uniform Reciprocal
Enforcement of Support Act, or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, the
governor of another state makes a demand that the governor of this state surrender an individual
charged criminally in that state with having failed to provide for the support of a child or
other individual to whom a duty of support is owed, the governor may require a prosecutor to
investigate the demand and report whether a proceeding for support has been initiated or would be
effective. If it appears that a proceeding would be effective but has not been initiated, the governor
may delay honoring the demand for a reasonable time to permit the initiation of a proceeding.
(c) If a proceeding for support has been initiated and the individual whose rendition is
demanded prevails, the governor may decline to honor the demand. If the petitioner prevails and
the individual whose rendition is demanded is subject to a support order, the governor may decline
to honor the demand if the individual is complying with the support order.
History: 1994 c 630 art 8 s 2

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

518C.901 UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION.
This chapter shall be applied and construed to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform
the law with respect to the subject of this chapter among states enacting it.
History: 1994 c 630 art 9 s 1
518C.9011 [Repealed, 1997 c 203 art 6 s 93]
518C.902 SHORT TITLE.
This chapter may be cited as the "Uniform Interstate Family Support Act."
History: 1994 c 630 art 9 s 3