Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Jewett of Ripton, Kainen of Hartford, Komline of Dorset and Marek of Newfane
Subject: Judiciary; family court; office of magistrate; child support proceedings
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to provide magistrates with contempt power in child support enforcement proceedings.
AN ACT RELATING TO CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS FOR A VIOLATION OF A CHILD SUPPORT ORDER
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 4 V.S.A. § 461 is amended to read:
§ 461. OFFICE OF MAGISTRATE; JURISDICTION; SELECTION; TERM
(a) The office of magistrate is created within the family court. Except as provided in section 463 of this title, the office of magistrate shall have jurisdiction concurrent with the family court to hear and dispose of the following cases:
(1) Proceedings for the establishment, modification, and enforcement of child support.
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(f) A magistrate may initiate contempt proceedings against a person who violates an order regarding the establishment, modification, or enforcement of child support and make such orders as permitted under 12 V.S.A. § 122.
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