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H.R. 506 (113th): Jane’s Law

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 5, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 506

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 5, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Costa, Ms. Bordallo, and Mr. Deutch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen enforcement of spousal court-ordered property distributions, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Jane’s Law .

2.

Spousal obligations

(a)

In General

Chapter 11A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

228A.

Failure to pay legal spousal court-ordered property distribution

(a)

Offense

Whoever knowingly, travels in interstate or foreign commerce, with the intent to evade compliance with a court ordered property distribution as part of a separation or divorce settlement involving more than $5,000, with respect to a spouse or former spouse, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than two years or both.

(b)

Mandatory Restitution

Upon a conviction under this section, the court shall order restitution under section 3663A in an amount equal to the total unpaid property distribution.

(c)

Definition

The term court ordered property distribution means any amount determined under a court order pursuant to the law of a State or of an Indian tribe to be due from a spouse or former spouse as an equitable or other distribution to a spouse or former spouse of assets in connection with a separation or divorce.

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(b)

Clerical amendments

(1)

Table of sections

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 11A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

228A. Failure to pay legal spousal obligations.

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(2)

Table of chapters

The item in the table of chapters for part I of title 18, United States Code, relating to chapter 11A is amended to read as follows:

11A. Child support and spousal obligations 228

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