H. R. 2829
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 8, 2017
Mr. Poe of Texas (for himself, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Swalwell of California, Ms. Shea-Porter, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Nadler, and Mr. Costa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen enforcement of spousal court-ordered property distributions, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Chapter 11A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Failure to pay legal spousal court-ordered property distribution
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.
Upon a conviction under this section, the court shall order restitution under section 3663A in an amount equal to the total unpaid property distribution.
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.
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 court-ordered property distribution.
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: