Various child support matters

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 324, authored by Sens. Head and L. Brown, on various child support matters. This bill makes various changes to family and juvenile law concerning: (1) parties entitled to file a paternity action, (2) petitions for child support, (3) petitions for adoption, (4) adoption decrees, (5) duties of the child support bureau, and (6) costs of services for children and payments of child support. This bill also repeals the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act currently in effect and replaces it with an updated version of the act. Sen. Head explained that Indiana is required, under the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, to adopt the newest version of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) passed in 2008 by July 1, 2015 in order to continue receipt of approximately $275 million dollars of federal Title IV-D monies. DCS testified in support of the bill. The Committee adopted a technical amendment by consent. The amended bill passed 8-1.

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