• Current through October 23, 2012

(a) In a proceeding to establish or enforce a support order or to determine parentage, the Family Division may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident individual or the individual's guardian or conservator, if:

(1) The individual is personally served with notice within the District;

(2) The individual submits to the jurisdiction of the District by consent in a record, by entering a general appearance, or by filing a responsive document having the effect of waiving any contest to personal jurisdiction;

(3) The individual resided with the child in the District;

(4) The individual resided in the District and provided prenatal expenses or support for the child;

(5) The child resides in the District as a result of the acts or directives of the individual;

(6) The individual engaged in sexual intercourse in the District and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse; or

(7) There is any other basis consistent with the laws of the District and the Constitution of the United States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.

(b) The bases of personal jurisdiction set forth in subsection (a) of this section or in any other law of the District may not be used to acquire personal jurisdiction for a tribunal of the District to modify a child support order of another state unless the requirements of §§ 46-306.11 and 46-306.15 are met.

(Feb. 9, 1996, D.C. Law 11-81, § 201, 42 DCR 6748; June 22, 2006, D.C. Law 16-137, § 2(b)(1)(B), 53 DCR 3634.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 30-342.1.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-137, designated the existing text as subsec. (a); in the lead-in language to subsec. (a), substituted "establish or enforce" for "establish, enforce, or modify"; in par. (a)(2), substituted "consent in a record" for "consent"; and added subsec. (b).

Legislative History of Laws

For legislative history of D.C. Law 11-81, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 46-301.01.

For Law 16-137, see notes following § 46-301.01.

Effective Dates

Applicability: Section 3 of D.C. Law 16-137 provides: "This act shall apply as of April 1, 2007."

Uniform Law

This section is based upon § 201 of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (2001 Act). See Volume 9, Part IB Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or ULA Database on Westlaw.