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Interstate Child Support Hearings – How Do They Work?

Monday, 13 December 2010

blog-logoCollecting child support in Colorado can be tricky enough when both parents live in the same state, but when one moves away it can get downright confusing.  Worse yet, just trying to get the facts about interstate child support hearings can make anyone frustrated.  Each state has its own way of collecting child support; some are run by the state and others by municipalities.  If you want to be assured that you’re case is going through the right channels, it is almost imperative to work with a Colorado child support lawyer.

One thing that has come about recently is the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.  This law has done a lot to clear up the confusion surrounding interstate child support hearings and child support because it clarifies what should happen in a case where the parties live in different states.

Under this law, the state where the child and one parent lives is the state empowered to issue a child support order. This means that another state cannot interfere with the support order.  In cases where more than one child support order exists – one in the state where one parent lives with the child, and one in the state where the non-custodial parent lives -  the court will determine which order applies.

Another important fact about this law is that no matter where the support order is enforced or collected, it will still be governed by the state laws that govern the jurisdiction where it was issued.  Also, an order does not need to be “registered” in a state in order for that state’s employers to withhold income for child support. 

If you are still confused about interstate child support hearings and the enforcement of support orders across state lines, then a Colorado Springs child support lawyer can help.

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