Recognizing and Enforcing Family-Law Judgments

Recognizing and Enforcing Family-Law Judgments

Learn about the special rules governing interstate recognition and enforcement of judgments concerning spousal support, child support, and child custody.


In this lesson, we'll examine the rules governing whether domestic-relations judgments are entitled to full faith and credit. Domestic-relations judgments include:

  • divorce decrees;
  • orders for spousal support, including alimony;
  • orders for child support;
  • child-custody decrees; and
  • orders distributing marital property between divorcing spouses.

Judgments in Divorce Proceedings

Let's start with divorce proceedings. As we've learned, for any judgment to receive full faith and credit, the rendering...