(a) (1) In Title IV-D child support enforcement cases pursuant to this part, the department shall be deemed to be the agent of the court to enforce, on behalf of the court, the court’s order of support that is in arrears by using the license revocation, denial, or suspension procedures provided in this part.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 36-5-702. Agency to enforce orders -- Notice of noncompliance

  • Arrears: means any child support or spousal support associated with a child support order owed under a court or administrative order that is delinquent pursuant to §. See
  • 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
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Department: means the department of human services. See
  • Law: includes decisional and statutory law and rules and regulations having the force of law. See
  • License: means a license, certification, registration, permit, approval or other similar document issued to an individual evidencing admission to or granting authority to engage in a profession, trade, occupation, business, or industry, to hunt or fish, or to operate any motor vehicle or other conveyance, but does not include a license to practice law unless the supreme court establishes guidelines pursuant to §. See
  • Licensee: means any individual holding a license, certification, registration, permit, approval, or other similar document evidencing admission to, or granting authority to engage in a profession, trade, occupation, business, or industry, to hunt or fish, or to operate any motor vehicle or other conveyance, but "licensee" does not include an attorney only with respect to the attorney's license to practice law unless the supreme court establishes guidelines pursuant to §. See
  • Licensing authority: means the board, commission, or agency, including the department of safety, that has been established by statute or state regulation to oversee the issuance and regulation of any license. See
  • Not in compliance with an order of support: means that the obligor is five hundred dollars ($500) or more in arrears and the arrears are ninety (90) days or more past due. See
  • Obligor: means any individual owing a duty of support. See
  • Order of support: means any judgment or order for the support of dependent children issued by any court of this state or another state, including an order in a final decree of divorce, or any order issued in accordance with an administrative procedure established by state law in this or another state that affords substantial due process and is subject to judicial review. See
  • State: includes :

    (A) An Indian tribe. See

(2) If the court’s records maintained by the court clerk on the statewide Title IV-D child support computer system, or the department’s records of court ordered support if the court clerk elected, pursuant to the former provisions of § 36-5-101(a)(4)(C)(iii), not to participate in the statewide Title IV-D child support computer system, show that the obligor is in arrears and is not in compliance with an order of support, the department may serve upon an obligor a notice that informs the obligor of the department’s intention to submit the obligor’s name to the appropriate licensing authority as a licensee who is not in compliance with an order of support.

(b) The notice shall state that:

(1) The obligor may request an administrative hearing to contest the issue of compliance or contact the department to make an arrangement for the payment of the arrears that is satisfactory to the department;

(2) A request for a hearing must be made in writing and must be received by the department within twenty (20) days of service, or within twenty (20) days of service the obligor must contact the department or the local IV-D agency and pay the arrears or make an arrangement with the department for the payment of the arrears that is satisfactory to the department;

(3) If the obligor requests a hearing within twenty (20) days of service, the department shall stay the proceedings to certify the obligor to any appropriate licensing authority for noncompliance with an order of support pending a decision after a hearing. If the obligor contacts the department to make an arrangement for the payment of the arrears that is satisfactory to the department within such twenty (20) days, the department shall stay the proceedings to certify the obligor to any appropriate licensing authority for noncompliance with an order of support in accordance with the agreement entered into between the obligor and the department as provided in § Code Sec. 36-5-703″>36-5-703(d);

(4) The proceedings will be dismissed if the obligor pays the arrears;

(5) If the obligor is not in compliance with an order of support and does not either request a hearing or make a satisfactory arrangement for payment with the department within twenty (20) days of service, the department may certify the obligor to any appropriate licensing authority for noncompliance with a court order of support; and

(6) If the department certifies the obligor to a licensing authority for noncompliance with an order of support, the licensing authority, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, must deny a renewal request, revoke the obligor’s license, or refuse to issue or reinstate a license, as the case may be, until the obligor provides the licensing authority with a release from the department that states the obligor is in compliance with the obligor’s order of support.

(c) The notice to the obligor shall include the address and telephone number of the office of the department or its contractor that issues the notice and a statement of the need to obtain a release from that office as provided in § 36-5-707 in order to allow the obligor’s license to be issued, renewed or reinstated. The notice shall be served by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal service with an affidavit of service completed by an authorized process server.

[Acts 1996, ch. 892, § 3.]