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9-14-108. Transfer between local jurisdictions

(a)(1) The court where the final adjudication of child support is rendered shall retain jurisdiction of all matters following the entry of the decree.

(2)(A) If more than six (6) months subsequent to the final adjudication, however, each of the parties to the action has established a residence in a county of another judicial district within the state, one (1) or both of the parties may petition the court that entered the final adjudication to request that the case be transferred to another county.

(3)(A) The case shall not be transferred absent a showing that the best interest of the parties justifies the transfer.

(B) If a justification for transfer of the case has been made, there shall be an initial presumption for transfer of the case to the county of residence of the physical custodian of the child.

(b)(1) At the request of the person seeking to transfer the case to another judicial district, upon proper motion and affidavit, notice and payment of a refiling fee, the court shall enter an order transferring the case and the refiling fee and charging the clerk of the court to transmit forthwith certified copies of all records pertaining to the case to the clerk of court in the judicial district where the case is being transferred.

(2) An affidavit shall accompany the motion to transfer and recite that the parent or parents, the physical custodian, and the Office of Child Support Enforcement of the Revenue Division of the Department of Finance and Administration, as appropriate, have been notified in writing that a request has been made to transfer the case to another judicial district.

(3) Notification pursuant to this section must inform each recipient that any objection must be filed within twenty (20) days from the date of receipt of the affidavit and motion for transfer.

(c) The circuit clerk receiving a transferred case shall within fourteen (14) days of receipt set up a case file, docket the case, and afford the case full faith and credit as if the case had originated in that judicial district.