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ACT NO. 63

Child Support

This act implements the mandates required by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act passed by Congress in 1996, which included welfare and child support reform and a requirement that every state adopt specific child support laws that are intended to increase child support collections and parentage determinations. A loss of substantial federal funds can result if the states do not comply with these federal mandates.

This act makes the following changes to current law in order to comply with the federal law:

(1) Provides the office of child support with access to information such as government, utility, and banking records in order to locate individuals and assets.

(2) Requires businesses to report new hires to the Department of Employment and Training and authorizes the Department to send that information to the National New Hire Directory.

(3) Enhances enforcement procedures by providing for wage withholding and trustee process.

(4) Allows the court to suspend a delinquent obligor’s professional and recreational licenses.

(5) Permits voluntary acknowledgments of parentage to create a legal determination of parentage.

(6) Gives full faith and credit to out-of-state arrearage liens.

(8) Makes a support payment a judgment on the date it becomes due.

Effective Date: September 1, 1997