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Registering a Foreign Order


What is a Foreign Order?

A court order entered outside of Utah is called a "foreign order." For example, an order from a California court is a foreign order in Utah. The foreign order might be for child custody, which includes parent time. Or the foreign order might be for child support or spousal support (alimony), which includes an income-withholding order. Often the custody order or support order will be part of a divorce decree or parentage decree. If both are filed at the same time, there is only one filing fee. An order from outside the United States cannot be registered using this procedure. See Mori v. Mori, 931 P.2d 854 (1997).

The forms for registering and confirming a custody order and a support order are different, but the process is the same for both. To register and confirm a decree that includes both a custody order and a support order, complete and file both sets of forms. If both are filed at the same time, there is only one filing fee.

Before a foreign order can be enforced or modified in Utah, it must be registered and confirmed.


Registration and Confirmation

Registering the order and confirming the order are two separate steps. To register the order, file the Request to Register and its supporting documents with the judicial services representative. File in the district court in the county in which the children live. If the children do not live in Utah, then file in the county in which the opposing party lives.

The judicial services representative will mail the Request to Register and its supporting documents to all of the people named in the Request.

The people served have 20 days in which to ask for a hearing. If no one asks for a hearing, the order is automatically confirmed. If someone does ask for a hearing, the judge will decide the issues and enter an order confirming or not confirming the foreign order. If the foreign order is confirmed - either automatically or after a judge's decision - the party requesting registration must mail Notice of Confirmation to all of the people named in the Request.


Enforcement and Modification

Once registered and confirmed, a foreign order can be enforced as any other order of a Utah court. A foreign order can also be modified, but only under certain circumstances. You can enforce or modify a foreign order at the same time as you request that it be registered, but you must prepare additional documents and serve them yourself. For more information, see our webpage on Modifying Child Support.


Forms for Registering a Custody Order

To register and confirm both a custody order and a support order, complete and file both sets of forms. If both are filed at the same time, there is only one filing fee.

Forms for the Person Who Wants to Register the Order

Forms for the Person Who Opposes Registering the Order


Forms for Registering a Support Order

To register and confirm both a custody order and a support order, complete and file both sets of forms.

Forms for the Person Who Wants to Register the Order

Forms for the Person Who Opposes Registering the Order


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Page Last Modified: 10/30/2012
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