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543.20 PERSONAL JURISDICTION IN SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT CASES AND
PATERNITY SUITS.
    Subdivision 1. Service. In addition to the methods of service of process provided in the
Rules of Civil Procedure, service of a summons, an order to show cause, or an order or judgment
within this state may also be made upon an individual by delivering a copy to the individual
personally at the individual's place of employment or at a postsecondary education institution
in which the individual is enrolled. The employer shall make the individual available for the
purpose of delivering a copy. The postsecondary education institution must make the individual's
class schedule available to the process server or make the individual available for the purpose
of delivering a copy. No employer or postsecondary education institution shall deny a process
server admittance to the employer's or postsecondary education institution's premises for the
purpose of making service under this section.
No service shall be allowed under this section unless such service is made personally on
the individual.
    Subd. 2. Applicability. Service of an employee at a place of employment or of a student at a
postsecondary education institution applies only to: (a) a summons in an action for dissolution,
annulment, legal separation, or under the Parentage Act and under section 256.87; (b) orders
to show cause under both section 256.87 and the revised uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of
Support Act as well as for contempt of court for failure to pay child support; (c) petitions under
the Domestic Abuse Act; and (d) motions, orders, and judgments for the payment of child support
when the court orders personal service.
    Subd. 3. Retaliation prohibited. An employer shall not discharge or otherwise discipline
an employee, nor shall a postsecondary education institution dismiss or discipline a student as a
result of service under this section.
    Subd. 4. Definition. For purposes of this section "postsecondary education institution" means
any state university, community college, technical college, private college, private postsecondary
school, or the University of Minnesota.
History: 1983 c 308 s 31; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 75; 1985 c 131 s 14; 1986 c 444; 1987 c
258 s 12; 1989 c 246 s 2