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  454.1566.  Duties of support enforcement agency. — (a)  A support enforcement agency of this state, upon request, shall provide services to a petitioner in a proceeding under sections 454.1500 to 454.1728.

  (b)  A support enforcement agency of this state that is providing services to the petitioner as appropriate shall:

  (1)  take all steps necessary to enable an appropriate tribunal of this state, another state, or a foreign country to obtain jurisdiction over the respondent;

  (2)  request an appropriate tribunal to set a date, time, and place for a hearing;

  (3)  make a reasonable effort to obtain all relevant information, including information as to income and property of the parties;

  (4)  within two days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt of notice in a record from an initiating, responding, or registering tribunal, send a copy of the notice to the petitioner;

  (5)  within two days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt of communication in a record from the respondent or the respondent's attorney, send a copy of the communication to the petitioner; and

  (6)  notify the petitioner if jurisdiction over the respondent cannot be obtained.

  (c)  A support enforcement agency of this state that requests registration of a child support order in this state for enforcement or for modification shall make reasonable efforts:

  (1)  to ensure that the order to be registered is the controlling order; or

  (2)  if two or more child support orders exist and the identity of the controlling order has not been determined, to ensure that a request for such a determination is made in a tribunal having jurisdiction to do so.

  (d)  A support enforcement agency of this state that requests registration and enforcement of a support order, arrears, or judgment stated in a foreign currency shall convert the amounts stated in the foreign currency into the equivalent amounts in dollars under the applicable official or market exchange rate as publicly reported.

  (e)  A support enforcement agency of this state shall issue or request a tribunal of this state to issue a child support order and an income withholding order that redirect payment of current support, arrears, and interest if requested to do so by a support enforcement agency of another state pursuant to section 454.1602.

  (f)  Sections 454.1500 to 454.1728 do not create or negate a relationship of attorney and client or other fiduciary relationship between a support enforcement agency or the attorney for the agency and the individual being assisted by the agency.


(L. 2011 H.B. 260)

Effective 6-15-16, see § 454.1728

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