WVC 48 - 16 - 611
§48-16-611. Modification of child support order of another state.
(a) If section 613 [§48-16-613] does not apply, upon petition
a tribunal of this state may modify a child support order issued in
another state which is registered in this state if, after notice
and hearing, the tribunal finds that:
(1) The following requirements are met:
(A) Neither the child, nor the obligee who is an individual
nor the obligor resides in the issuing state;
(B) A petitioner who is a nonresident of this state seeks
(C) The respondent is subject to the personal jurisdiction of
the tribunal of this state; or
(2) This state is the residence of the child or a party who is
an individual is subject to the personal jurisdiction of the
tribunal of this state and all of the parties who are individuals
have filed consents in a record in the issuing tribunal for a
tribunal of this state to modify the support order and assume
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.
(b) Modification of a registered child support order is
subject to the same requirements, procedures and defenses that
apply to the modification of an order issued by a tribunal of this
state and the order may be enforced and satisfied in the same
(c) A tribunal of this state may not modify any aspect of a
child support order that may not be modified under the law of the issuing state, including the duration of the obligation of support.
If two or more tribunals have issued child support orders for the
same obligor and same child, the order that controls must be so
recognized under section 16-207 [§48-16-207] establishes the
aspects of the support order which are nonmodifiable.
(d) In a proceeding to modify a child support order, the law
of the state that is determined to have issued the initial
controlling order governs the duration of the obligation of
support. The obligor's fulfillment of the duty of support
established by that order precludes imposition of a further
obligation of support by a tribunal of this state.
(e) On the issuance of an order by a tribunal of this state
modifying a child support order issued in another state, the
tribunal of this state becomes the tribunal having continuing,
(f) Notwithstanding subsections (a) through (e) of this
section and section 201 (b), a tribunal of this state retains
jurisdiction to modify an order issued by a tribunal of this state
(1) One party resides in another state; and
(2) The other party resides outside the United States.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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