Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 9. Centralized Child Support Registration and Payment

Registration Procedures

40-5-908. Registration procedures. (1) In a court case, before a decree, judgment, or order may be docketed, the parties to the action or their attorneys shall prepare, on a form prescribed by the department, the abstract of a support order required under 40-5-907(3) and deliver it to the clerk of court whenever:

(a) a support order is entered or an existing order is modified after October 1, 1998;

(b) in an existing case not included under subsection (1)(a), the department has filed a notice of IV-D services and a support order is established, modified, adjusted, terminated, or otherwise affected or relief is granted from the support order; and

(c) in each case with a previously registered abstract, there is an action subsequent to registration that establishes, modifies, adjusts, terminates, grants relief from, or otherwise affects the support order in a registered case.

(2) The clerk of court shall deliver a completed abstract and copy of a non IV-D income-withholding order to the department within 5 working days of the receipt of an abstract or issuance of the non IV-D income-withholding order.

(3) (a) The department shall prepare and register abstracts of administrative support orders established by the department.

(b) For a foreign support order involving IV-D services from the department, the department shall attempt to acquire the information necessary for completion of the abstract from the person, court, or agency requesting IV-D services, and to the extent the information is provided, the department shall enter the information into the registry.

(4) As an alternative to the preparation and delivery of abstracts and non IV-D income-withholding orders to the department, the department may enter into cooperative agreements with district courts, clerks of court, or other appropriate agencies of this and other states to gather and transmit the information through electronic information networking systems.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 552, L. 1997.