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This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 13, 2006 at 10:37 AM by ddonat. --> 1
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill allows a court to require a delinquent child support obligor to post a bond.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . allows a court to require a delinquent child support obligor to post a bond for an
13 amount equal to the total for 12 months of child support payments.
14 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 78-32-17, as last amended by Chapter 255, Laws of Utah 2001
22 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23 Section 1. Section 78-32-17 is amended to read:
24 78-32-17. Noncompliance with child support order.
25 (1) When a court of competent jurisdiction, or the Office of Recovery Services
26 pursuant to an action under Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act, makes an
27 order requiring a parent to furnish support or necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or
28 other remedial care for his child, and the parent fails to do so, proof of noncompliance shall be
29 prima facie evidence of contempt of court.
30 (2) Proof of noncompliance may be demonstrated by showing that:
31 (a) the order was made, and filed with the district court; and
32 (b) the parent knew of the order because:
33 (i) the order was mailed to the parent at his last-known address as shown on the court
35 (ii) the parent was present in court at the time the order was pronounced;
36 (iii) the parent entered into a written stipulation and the parent or counsel for the parent
37 was sent a copy of the order;
38 (iv) counsel was present in court and entered into a stipulation which was accepted and
39 the order based upon the stipulation was then sent to counsel for the parent; or
40 (v) the parent was properly served and failed to answer.
41 (3) Upon establishment of a prima facie case of contempt under Subsection (2), the
42 obligor under the child support order has the burden of proving inability to comply with the
43 child support order.
44 (4) A court may, in addition to other available sanctions[
45 (a) withhold, suspend, or restrict the use of driver's licenses, professional and
46 occupational licenses, and recreational licenses and impose conditions for reinstatement upon a
47 finding that:
50 an administrative or court order and, thereafter, has failed to make a good faith effort under the
51 circumstances to make payment on the support obligation in accordance with the order; or
53 forth in a payment schedule, written agreement with the Office of Recovery Services, or an
54 administrative or judicial order and, thereafter, has failed to make a good faith effort under the
55 circumstances to make payment on the arrearage obligation in accordance with the payment
56 schedule, agreement, or order; and
58 obligation for which the obligor would be otherwise delinquent;
61 noncustodial parent and a child and, thereafter, has failed to make a good faith effort under the
62 circumstances to comply with a parent-time order; and
65 with a subpoena or order relating to a paternity or child support proceeding[
66 (b) require the obligor to post a bond in an amount H. [
66a to three years .H of
67 child support payments H. ; or
67a (c) in a final decree of divorce, upon a showing of a history of nonpayment or sporadic
67b payment during the separation period, order the obligor parent to post a bond in an amount of
67c up to three years of child support payments .H .
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-23-06 8:47 AM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.