What Is the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act?

June 30th, 2017

Beaverton Oregon family law attorneys are frequently asked how child support can be enforced across state lines. Experienced and talented family law attorneys like Ronald Johnston know that the answer to that question is the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). 

What is the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act?

This uniform act allows Oregon to enforce a child support order issued by another state. It also allows other states to enforce child support orders issued by Oregon courts.

Another way of looking at the UIFSA is that it ensures that only one child support order can be in effect at any given time. If a parent and child move to another state, their new state cannot modify their existing child custody order—the order issued in the previous state.

For the new state to acquire jurisdiction over a child custody order, they must first establish authority under the UIFSA.

Remember, if you modify a child custody order in another state, that state will use their method for calculating child support. This means your child support payments could increase or decrease.

If you need help enforcing child support across state lines, contact Ronald Johnston right away. With more than 40 years of experience, he’s one of the most experienced family law attorneys in Beaverton Oregon.



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