769.612   Recognition of order modified in another state.
769.613   Jurisdiction to modify child support order of another state when individual parties reside in this state.
769.614   Notice to issuing tribunal of modification.
769.615   Jurisdiction to modify child support order of foreign country.
769.616   Procedure to register child support order of foreign country for modification.
SUBCHAPTER VII
SUPPORT PROCEEDING UNDER CONVENTION
769.701   Definitions.
769.702   Applicability.
769.703   Relationship of governmental entity to United States central authority.
769.704   Initiation by department of support proceeding under convention.
769.705   Direct request.
769.706   Registration of convention support order.
769.707   Contest of registered convention support order.
769.708   Recognition and enforcement of registered convention support order.
769.709   Partial enforcement.
769.710   Foreign support agreement.
769.711   Modification of convention child support order.
769.712   Personal information; limit on use.
769.713   Record in original language; English translation.
SUBCHAPTER VIII
INTERSTATE RENDITION
769.801   Grounds for rendition.
769.802   Conditions of rendition.
SUBCHAPTER IX
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
769.901   Uniformity of application and construction.
769.903   Severability.
subch. I of ch. 769 SUBCHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
769.101 769.101 Definitions. In this chapter:
769.101(1) (1) "Child" means an individual, whether over or under the age of majority, who is or is alleged to be owed a duty of support by the individual's parent or who is or is alleged to be the beneficiary of a support order directed to the parent.
769.101(2) (2) "Child support order" means a support order for a child, including a child who has attained the age of majority under the law of the issuing state or foreign country.
769.101(2c) (2c) "Convention" means the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23, 2007.
769.101(3) (3) "Duty of support" means an obligation imposed or imposable by law to provide support for a child, spouse or former spouse, including an unsatisfied obligation to provide support.
769.101(3c) (3c) "Foreign country" means a country, including a political subdivision of the country, other than the United States, that authorizes the issuance of support orders and to which any of the following applies:
769.101(3c)(a) (a) The country or political subdivision has been declared under the law of the United States to be a foreign reciprocating country.
769.101(3c)(b) (b) The country or political subdivision has established a reciprocal arrangement for child support with this state under s. 769.308 (2).
769.101(3c)(c) (c) The country or political subdivision has enacted a law or established procedures for the issuance and enforcement of support orders that are substantially similar to the procedures under this chapter.
769.101(3c)(d) (d) The country or political subdivision is one in which the convention is in force with respect to the United States.
769.101(3g) (3g) "Foreign support order" means a support order of a foreign tribunal.
769.101(3m) (3m) "Foreign tribunal" means a court, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity of a foreign country that is authorized to establish, enforce, or modify support orders or to determine parentage of a child. "Foreign tribunal" includes a competent authority under the convention.
769.101(4) (4) "Home state" means the state or foreign country in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as parent for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding the time of the filing of a petition or comparable pleading for support or, if a child is less than 6 months old, the state or foreign country in which the child lived from birth with any of them. A period of temporary absence of any of them is counted as part of the 6-month or other period.
769.101(5) (5) "Income" includes earnings or other periodic entitlements to money from any source and any other property subject to withholding for support under the law of this state.
769.101(6) (6) "Income-withholding order" means an order, notice, or other legal process directed to an obligor's employer or other debtor, as specified in s. 767.75 (1f), to withhold support from the income of, or other money owed to, the obligor.
769.101(8) (8) "Initiating tribunal" means the tribunal of a state or foreign country from which a petition or comparable pleading is forwarded or in which a petition or comparable pleading is filed for forwarding to another state or foreign country.
769.101(8m) (8m) "Issuing foreign country" means the foreign country in which a tribunal issues a support order or a judgment determining parentage of a child.
769.101(9) (9) "Issuing state" means the state in which a tribunal issues a support order or a judgment determining parentage of a child.
769.101(10) (10) "Issuing tribunal" means the tribunal of a state or foreign country that issues a support order or a judgment determining parentage of a child.
769.101(11) (11) "Law" includes decisional and statutory law and rules and regulations having the force of law.
769.101(12) (12) "Obligee" means any of the following:
769.101(12)(a) (a) An individual to whom a duty of support is or is alleged to be owed or in whose favor a support order or a judgment determining parentage of a child has been issued.
769.101(12)(b) (b) A foreign country, state, or political subdivision of a state to which the rights under a duty of support or support order have been assigned or which has independent claims based on financial assistance provided to an individual obligee in place of child support.
769.101(12)(c) (c) An individual seeking a judgment determining parentage of the individual's child.
769.101(12)(d) (d) A person that is a creditor in a proceeding under subch. VII.
769.101(13) (13) "Obligor" means an individual, or the estate of a decedent, to whom any of the following applies:
769.101(13)(a) (a) The individual or decedent owes or is alleged to owe a duty of support.
769.101(13)(b) (b) The individual or decedent is alleged but has not been adjudicated to be a parent of a child.
769.101(13)(c) (c) The individual or decedent is liable under a support order.
769.101(13)(d) (d) The individual or decedent is a debtor in a proceeding under subch. VII.
769.101(13m) (13m) "Outside this state" means a location in another state or a country other than the United States, whether or not the country is a foreign country.
769.101(13p) (13p) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
769.101(13r) (13r) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form.
769.101(14) (14) "Register" means to file in a tribunal of this state a support order or judgment determining parentage of a child issued in another state or a foreign country.
769.101(15) (15) "Registering tribunal" means a tribunal in which a support order or judgment determining parentage of a child is registered.
769.101(16) (16) "Responding state" means a state in which a petition or comparable pleading for support or to determine parentage of a child is filed or to which a petition or comparable pleading is forwarded for filing from another state or a foreign country.
769.101(17) (17) "Responding tribunal" means the authorized tribunal in a responding state or foreign country.
769.101(18) (18) "Spousal-support order" means a support order for a spouse or former spouse of the obligor.
769.101(19) (19) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. "State" includes an Indian nation or tribe.
769.101(20) (20) "Support enforcement agency" means a public official, governmental entity, or private agency authorized to do any of the following:
769.101(20)(a) (a) Seek enforcement of support orders or laws relating to the duty of support.
769.101(20)(b) (b) Seek establishment or modification of child support.
769.101(20)(c) (c) Request determination of parentage of a child.
769.101(20)(d) (d) Attempt to locate obligors or their assets.
769.101(20)(e) (e) Request determination of the controlling child support order.
769.101(21) (21) "Support order" means a judgment, decree, order, decision, or directive, whether temporary, final, or subject to modification, issued in a state or foreign country for the benefit of a child, a spouse, or a former spouse, that provides for monetary support, health care, arrearages, retroactive support, or reimbursement for financial assistance provided to an individual obligee in place of child support. "Support order" may include related costs and fees, interest, income withholding, automatic adjustment, reasonable attorney fees, and other relief.
769.101(22) (22) "Tribunal" means a court, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity authorized to establish, enforce, or modify support orders or to determine parentage of a child.
769.101 History History: 1993 a. 326; 1997 a. 27; 2009 a. 321; 2015 a. 82 ss. 1, 2, 12.
769.102 769.102 State tribunal and support enforcement agency.
769.102(1)(1) The courts and circuit and supplemental court commissioners are the tribunal of this state.
769.102(2) (2) The department of children and families and county child support agencies under s. 59.53 (5) are the support enforcement agencies of this state.
769.102 History History: 1993 a. 326; 2001 a. 61; 2009 a. 321; 2015 a. 82 s. 12.
769.103 769.103 Remedies cumulative.
769.103(1)(1) Remedies provided by this chapter are cumulative and do not affect the availability of remedies under other law or the recognition of a foreign support order on the basis of comity.
769.103(2) (2) This chapter does not do any of the following:
769.103(2)(a) (a) Provide the exclusive method of establishing or enforcing a support order under the law of this state.
769.103(2)(b) (b) Grant a tribunal of this state jurisdiction to render judgment or issue an order relating to legal custody or physical placement of a child in a proceeding under this chapter.
769.103 History History: 1993 a. 326; 2009 a. 321; 2015 a. 82 ss. 3, 12.
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2013-14 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2015 Wis. Act 392 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before May 10, 2016. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after May 10, 2016 are designated by NOTES. (Published 5-10-16)