26.21A.605  <<  26.21A.607 >>   26.21A.610

Initiation by department of social and health services of support proceeding under convention.

(1) In a support proceeding under this article, the department of social and health services of this state shall:
(a) Transmit and receive applications; and
(b) Initiate or facilitate the institution of a proceeding regarding an application in a tribunal of this state.
(2) The following support proceedings are available to an obligee under the convention:
(a) Recognition or recognition and enforcement of a foreign support order;
(b) Enforcement of a support order issued or recognized in this state;
(c) Establishment of a support order if there is no existing order including, if necessary, determination of parentage of a child;
(d) Establishment of a support order if recognition of a foreign support order is refused under RCW 26.21A.617(2) (b), (d), or (i);
(e) Modification of a support order of a tribunal of this state; and
(f) Modification of a support order of a tribunal of another state or a foreign country.
(3) The following support proceedings are available under the convention to an obligor against which there is an existing support order:
(a) Recognition of an order suspending or limiting enforcement of an existing support order of a tribunal of this state;
(b) Modification of a support order of a tribunal of this state; and
(c) Modification of a support order of a tribunal of another state or a foreign country.
(4) A tribunal of this state may not require security, bond, or deposit, however described, to guarantee the payment of costs and expenses in proceedings under the convention.

NOTES:

Effective dateConflict with federal requirementsWaiver2015 c 214: See notes following RCW 26.21A.010.
Severability2015 c 214: See note following RCW 26.21A.115.
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