3115.31 Petition to establish support order.

(A) If a support order entitled to recognition under sections 3115.01 to 3115.59 of the Revised Code has not been issued, a responding tribunal of this state may issue a support order if either of the following apply:

(1) The individual seeking the order resides in another state;

(2) The support enforcement agency seeking the order is located in another state.

(B) The tribunal may issue a temporary child support order if any of the following apply:

(1) The defendant has signed a verified statement acknowledging that the defendant is the parent of the child;

(2) The defendant has been determined by or pursuant to law to be the parent;

(3) There is other clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is the child's parent.

(C)

(1) If the responding tribunal finds, after giving notice and an opportunity to be heard to the obligor, that the obligor owes a duty of support, it shall issue a support order directed to the obligor and may issue any other order under section 3115.16 of the Revised Code. Support orders made pursuant to sections 3115.01 to 3115.59 of the Revised Code shall require that payments be made to the office of child support in the department of job and family services.

(2) The responding tribunal shall transmit to the initiating tribunal a copy of all orders of support or for reimbursement of support.

(3) Any tribunal that makes or modifies an order for support under this section or former section 3115.22 of the Revised Code on or after April 12, 1990, shall comply with Chapters 3119., 3121., 3123., and 3125. of the Revised Code. If any person required to pay child support under an order made under this section or former section 3115.22 of the Revised Code on or after April 15, 1985, or any person required to pay support under an order made or modified under this section or former section 3115.22 of the Revised Code on or after December 31, 1986, is found in contempt of court for failure to make support payments under the order, the tribunal that makes the finding, in addition to any other penalty or remedy imposed, shall assess all court costs arising out of the contempt proceeding against the person and require the person to pay any reasonable attorney's fees of any adverse party, as determined by the tribunal, that arose in relation to the act of contempt.

Effective Date: 03-22-2001