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§ 10-317. Duties and powers of responding tribunal

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily LawEffective: July 1, 2015

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 10. Support in General (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Maryland Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (Refs & Annos)
Part III. Civil Provisions of General Application (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2015
MD Code, Family Law, § 10-317
§ 10-317. Duties and powers of responding tribunal
Duties of responding tribunal
(a) When a responding tribunal of this State receives a complaint or comparable pleading from an initiating tribunal or directly pursuant to § 10-313(b) of this subtitle, it shall cause the complaint or pleading to be filed and notify the plaintiff where and when it was filed.
Powers of responding tribunal
(b) A responding tribunal of this State, to the extent not prohibited by other law, may do one or more of the following:
(1) establish or enforce a support order, modify a child support order, determine the controlling child support order, or determine parentage of a child;
(2) order an obligor to comply with a support order, specifying the amount and the manner of compliance;
(3) order income withholding;
(4) determine the amount of any arrearages and specify a method of payment;
(5) enforce orders by civil or criminal contempt, or both;
(6) set aside property for satisfaction of the support order;
(7) place liens and order execution on the obligor's property;
(8) order an obligor to keep the tribunal informed of the obligor's current residential address, electronic mail address, telephone number, employer, address of employment, and telephone number at the place of employment;
(9) issue a bench warrant for an obligor who has failed after proper notice to appear at a hearing ordered by the tribunal and enter the bench warrant in any local and State computer systems for criminal warrants;
(10) order the obligor to seek appropriate employment by specified methods;
(11) award reasonable attorney's fees and other fees and costs; and
(12) grant any other available remedy.
Calculations included in support order
(c) A responding tribunal of this State shall include in a support order issued under this subtitle, or in the documents accompanying the order, the calculations on which the support order is based.
Payment not conditional upon visitation
(d) A responding tribunal of this State may not condition the payment of a support order issued under this subtitle upon compliance by a party with provisions for visitation.
Notification of order
(e) If a responding tribunal of this State issues an order under this subtitle, the tribunal shall send a copy of the order to the plaintiff and the defendant and to the initiating tribunal, if any.
Conversion of foreign currency
(f) If requested to enforce a support order, arrears, or judgment or to modify a support order stated in a foreign currency, a responding tribunal of this State shall convert the amount stated in the foreign currency to the equivalent amount in dollars under the applicable official market exchange rate as publicly reported.


Added as Family Law § 10-315 by Acts 1996, c. 667, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1997. Renumbered as Family Law § 10-317 by Acts 1997, c. 609, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1997, c. 609, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Acts 2008, c. 522, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2015, c. 308, § 2, eff. July 1, 2015.
MD Code, Family Law, § 10-317, MD FAMILY § 10-317
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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