1. The chancery, circuit, juvenile, and any courts exercising domestic relations jurisdiction under any enactment of the general assembly, and the department of human services when, pursuant to a state or federal law, the department is acting in its capacity as the Title IV-D child support enforcement agency of the state to carry out administrative support establishment or support enforcement actions or when adjudicating administrative appeals involving the Title IV-D child support program, are the tribunals of this state.
  2. The department of human services is the support enforcement agency of this state.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 36-5-2102

  • 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. See Tennessee Code 36-5-2101
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Law: includes decisional and statutory law and rules and regulations having the force of law. See Tennessee Code 36-5-2101
  • State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession under the jurisdiction of the United States. See Tennessee Code 36-5-2101
  • Support enforcement agency: means a public official, governmental entity, or private agency authorized to:

    1. Seek enforcement of support orders or laws relating to the duty of support. See Tennessee Code 36-5-2101