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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 6-605: Notice of registration of order

[ Text of section effective until March 31, 2016. For text effective March 31, 2016, see below.]

  Section 6-605. Notice of registration of order.

  (a) When a support order or income-withholding order issued in another state is registered, the registering tribunal shall notify the nonregistering party. Notice must be given by first class, certified, or registered mail or by any means of personal service authorized by the law of the commonwealth. The notice must be accompanied by a copy of the registered order and the documents and relevant information accompanying the order.

  (b) The notice must inform the nonregistering party:

  (1) that a registered order is enforceable as of the date of registration in the same manner as an order issued by a tribunal of the commonwealth;

  (2) that a hearing to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order must be requested within twenty days after the date of mailing or personal service of the notice;

  (3) that failure to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order in a timely manner will result in confirmation of the order and enforcement of the order and the alleged arrearages and precludes further contest of that order with respect to any matter that could have been asserted; and

  (4) of the amount of any alleged arrearages.

  (c) Upon registration of an income-withholding order for enforcement, the registering tribunal shall notify the obligor's employer or other source of periodic income pursuant to section twelve of chapter one hundred and nineteen A.

Chapter 209D: Section 6-605. Notice of registration of order

[ Text of section as recodified by 2016, 53, Sec. 1 effective March 31, 2016 applicable as provided by 2016, 53, Sec. 2. See 2016, 53, Sec. 3. For text effective until March 31, 2016, see above.]

  Section 6-605. Notice of registration of order.

  (a) When a support order or income-withholding order issued in another state or a foreign support order is registered, the registering tribunal of the commonwealth shall notify the nonregistering party. The notice must be accompanied by a copy of the registered order and the documents and relevant information accompanying the order.

  (b) A notice must inform the nonregistering party:

  (1) that a registered support order is enforceable as of the date of registration in the same manner as an order issued by a tribunal of the commonwealth;

  (2) that a hearing to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order must be requested within 20 days after notice unless the registered order is under section 7-707;

  (3) that failure to contest the validity or enforcement of the registered order in a timely manner will result in confirmation of the order and enforcement of the order and the alleged arrearages; and

  (4) of the amount of any alleged arrearages.

  (c) If the registering party asserts that 2 or more orders are in effect, a notice must also:

  (1) identify the 2 or more orders and the order alleged by the registering party to be the controlling order and the consolidated arrears, if any;

  (2) notify the nonregistering party of the right to a determination of which is the controlling order;

  (3) state that the procedures provided in subsection (b) apply to the determination of which is the controlling order; and

  (4) state that failure to contest the validity or enforcement of the order alleged to be the controlling order in a timely manner may result in confirmation that the order is the controlling order.

  (d) Upon registration of an income-withholding order for enforcement, the support enforcement agency or the registering tribunal shall notify the obligor's employer pursuant to section 12 of chapter 119A.