Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 9. Centralized Child Support Registration and Payment

Certification Of Records

40-5-921. Certification of records. (1) Copies, including optically scanned copies, of support payment records, abstracts, and any supporting documents maintained by the case registry and payment processing unit, when certified by a designated employee of the department, must, without further proof or foundation, be admitted into evidence in any legal proceedings.

(2) Support payment records for a case maintained in the case registry and payment processing unit constitute prima facie evidence of the amount of support paid and arrearages that have accrued since the department began to process and monitor support payments through the unit.

(3) Copies of judicial orders and other documents on file with a clerk of court, when transmitted to the department by the clerk by facsimile or other electronic means, are rebuttably presumed to be true and correct copies of the original documents and may be offered into evidence, without authentication or verification, in a department proceeding under this part. A person contesting the authenticity of the document may rebut the presumption with a certified copy of the original document.

History: En. Sec. 8, Ch. 552, L. 1997.