As used in this chapter:
(1) “Child” means an individual, whether over or under the age of majority, who is or is alleged to be owed a duty of support by the individual’s parent or who is or is alleged to be the beneficiary of a support order directed to the parent.
(2) “Child support order” means a support order for a child, including a child who has attained the age of majority under the law of the issuing state.
(3) “Duty of support” means an obligation imposed or imposable by law to provide support for a child, spouse or former spouse, including an unsatisfied obligation to provide support.
(4) “Home state” means the state in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as a parent for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the time of filing of a petition or comparable pleading for support and, if a child is less than six months old, the state in which the child lived from birth with a parent or a person acting as a parent. A period of temporary absence is counted as part of the six-month or other period.
(5) “Income” includes earnings or other periodic entitlements to moneys from any source and any other property subject to withholding for support under the laws of this state.
(6) “Income-withholding order” means an order or other legal process directed to an obligor’s employer or other third party in possession of a monetary obligation owed to an obligor, as defined by the income-withholding law of this state, to withhold support from the income of the obligor.
(7) “Initiating state” means a state from which a proceeding is forwarded or in which a proceeding is filed for forwarding to a responding state under this chapter or a law or procedure substantially similar to this chapter, or under a law or procedure substantially similar to the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
(8) “Initiating tribunal” means the authorized tribunal in an initiating state.
(9) “Issuing state” means the state in which a tribunal issues a support order or renders a judgment determining parentage.
(10) “Issuing tribunal” means the tribunal that issues a support order or renders a judgment determining parentage.
(11) “Law” includes decisional and statutory law and rules and regulations having the force of law.
(12) “Obligee” means:
(a) An individual to whom a duty of support is or is alleged to be owed or in whose favor a support order has been issued or a judgment determining parentage has been rendered;
(b) A state or political subdivision:
(A) To which the rights under a duty of support or support order have been assigned;
(B) That has independent claims based on financial assistance provided to an individual obligee; or
(C) That has independent claims based on the care or custody of a child; or
(c) An individual seeking a judgment determining parentage of the individual’s child.
(13) “Obligor” means an individual or the estate of a decedent:
(a) Who owes or is alleged to owe a duty of support;
(b) Who is alleged but has not been adjudicated to be a parent of a child; or
(c) Who is liable under a support order.
(14) “Register” means to record or file a support order or judgment determining parentage in the appropriate location for the recording or filing of foreign judgments generally or foreign support orders specifically.
(15) “Registering tribunal” means a tribunal in which a support order is registered. The registering tribunal of this state is the circuit court.
(16) “Responding state” means a state in which a proceeding is filed or to which a proceeding is forwarded for filing from an initiating state under this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter, or under a law or procedure substantially similar to the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
(17) “Responding tribunal” means the authorized tribunal in a responding state.
(18) “Spousal support order” means a support order for a spouse or former spouse of the obligor.
(19) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. The term “state” includes:
(a) An Indian tribe; and
(b) A foreign jurisdiction that has enacted a law or established procedures for issuance and enforcement of support orders that are substantially similar to the procedures under this chapter, the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
(20) “Support enforcement agency” means the Administrator of the Division of Child Support of the Department of Justice or a district attorney authorized to:
(a) Seek enforcement of support orders or laws relating to the duty of support;
(b) Seek establishment or modification of child support;
(c) Seek determination of parentage; or
(d) Locate obligors or their assets.
(21) “Support order” means a judgment, decree or order, whether temporary, final or subject to modification, for the benefit of a child, a spouse or a former spouse, which provides for monetary support, health care, arrearages or reimbursement, and may include related costs and fees, interest, income withholding, attorney fees and other relief.
(22) “Tribunal” means a court, administrative agency or quasi-judicial entity authorized to establish, enforce or modify support orders or to determine parentage. [1993 c.449 §1; 1999 c.80 §45; 1999 c.680 §1; 1999 c.735 §16; 2003 c.73 §57; 2005 c.560 §8]Section: Previous 110.272 110.275 110.277 110.281 110.291 110.300 110.301 110.303 110.304 110.305 110.308 110.310 110.313 110.315 110.318 Next
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