2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 23 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Chapter 72 - Jurisdiction
7207 - Recognition of controlling child support order.
SUBCHAPTER C RECONCILIATION OF MULTIPLE ORDERS Sec. 7207. Recognition of controlling child support order. 7208. Multiple child support orders for two or more obligees. 7209. Credit for payments. Chapter Heading. The heading of Subchapter C was amended December 16, 1997, P.L.549, No.58, effective January 1, 1998. § 7207. Recognition of controlling child support order. (a) Single child support order.--If a proceeding is brought under this part and only one tribunal has issued a child support order, the order of that tribunal controls and must be so recognized. (a.1) Multiple orders.--If a proceeding is brought under this part and two or more child support orders have been issued by tribunals of this State or another state with regard to the same obligor and child, a tribunal of this State shall apply the following rules in determining which order to recognize for purposes of continuing, exclusive jurisdiction: (1) If only one of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this part, the order of that tribunal controls and must be so recognized. (2) If more than one of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this part, an order issued by a tribunal in the current home state of the child controls and must be so recognized, but, if an order has not been issued in the current home state of the child, the order most recently issued controls and must be so recognized. (3) If none of the tribunals would have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under this part, the tribunal of this State having jurisdiction over the parties shall issue a child support order, which controls and must be so recognized. (a.2) Request to determine controlling order.--If two or more child support orders have been issued for the same obligor and the child and if the obligor or the individual obligee resides in this State, a party may request a tribunal of this State to determine which order controls and must be so recognized under subsection (a.1). The request must be accompanied by a certified copy of every support order in effect. The requesting party shall give notice of the request to each party whose rights may be affected by the determination. (b) Exclusive jurisdiction.--The tribunal that issued the controlling order under subsection (a), (a.1) or (a.2) is the tribunal that has continuing, exclusive jurisdiction under section 7205 (relating to continuing, exclusive jurisdiction). (c) Basis of order.--A tribunal of this State which determines by order the identity of the controlling order under subsection (a.1)(1) or (2) or which issues a new controlling order under subsection (a.1)(3) shall state in that order the basis upon which the tribunal made its determination. (d) Filing of copy of order.--Within 30 days after issuance of an order determining the identity of the controlling order, the party obtaining the determining order shall file a certified copy of it with each tribunal that issued or registered an earlier order of child support. A party who obtains a determining order and fails to file a certified copy is subject to appropriate sanctions by a tribunal in which the issue of failure to file arises. Failure to file a copy of the determining order does not affect the validity or enforceability of the controlling order. (Dec. 16, 1997, P.L.549, No.58, eff. Jan. 1, 1998) Cross References. Section 7207 is referred to in section 7611 of this title.
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