How to Modify or Enforce a Child Support Order Issued in Another State?
Arizona has adopted the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act that provides, in certain circumstances, a parent the right to enforce or modify a child support award issued in another state. The various provisions of the Act are too voluminous to summarize, but if your case meets the requirements you may then modify or enforce another state’s child support order in Arizona.
The first step is to determine whether the state that issued the child support order continues to maintain exclusive and continuing authority over the child support order. If it does, Arizona lacks the authority to modify the order but does have the authority to enforce the other state’s order.
If it is determined Arizona has the authority to modify the order, the other state’s order would have to first be “domesticated” in Arizona, pursuant to the requirements of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The Arizona Court of Appeals in the In re the Marriage of Glover case discussed all of the steps that need to be taken to domesticate a child support order issued by a judge in another state.
Many lawyers have mistakingly relied upon the domestication provisions of the Arizona Domestication of Foreign Judgments Act, which may result in a failed attempt to properly domesticate the other state’s child support order in Arizona; thereby depriving the Arizona court of authority to modify the award.
Instead, you must register the other state’s child support order pursuant to Arizona’s version of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. For more in depth information regarding domesticating another state’s child support award, please read our synopsis of the Arizona Court of Appeals decision in the Glover v. Glover case.
Although you must properly register another state’s child support order under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to modify a child support order of another state, failing to do so does not prevent a parent from enforcing another state’s child support orders in Arizona as decided by the Arizona court of appeals in the Balazic v. Balazic case.
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