ACT NO. 11
Child Support; Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
This act adopts the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). UIFSA is a uniform law governing interstate child support enforcement drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Federal legislation requires States to enact UIFSA as a condition of receiving Federal funding for their child support programs. It has been adopted in thirty-four other states.
UIFSA replaces the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (URESA), which is repealed by this Act.
UIFSA is designed to reduce the number of interstate cases, thereby avoiding the problems associated with two-state processing. UIFSA's long-arm jurisdiction and direct withholding provisions limit the need for involvement of more than one state in many cases. The direct withholding provision in particular should ensure that children receive support more quickly since payments will not have to be routed through more than one state.
In the remaining cases that still require action by more than one state, UIFSA seeks to improve processing by:
(1) providing for only one support order at a time governing the same parents and child, thereby eliminating confusion associated with multiple orders;
(2) providing for the enforcement of orders without the possibility of modification or the establishment of an unwanted new order, in contrast to existing law in many states; and
(3) improving communication and cooperation between states by providing for improved transmission of evidence and assistance with discovery.
Effective Date: January 1, 1998