Maine Revised Statutes

§2109. Limitations on collection of child support

A person other than an employee of the department who enters into an agreement with another to collect child support is subject to the following limitations. [2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW).]

1. Fee limitation.  In a contingent-fee contract for the collection of child support, the fee may be based only upon the amount of unpaid past child support arrearage calculated as of the date when the contract is signed. A fee may not be based on current or future child support payments and may be assessed only on funds actually received by the child support obligee.
[ 2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Collection practices limitations.  Each person who enters into an agreement with another to collect child support is subject to the provisions of Title 32, chapter 109-A if either the support obligee or the support obligor is a resident of this State.
[ 2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Requirement for written contract.  Each agreement between a person who collects or offers to collect child support and a child support obligee must be in writing, dated and signed by the support obligee. The contract must contain a full and detailed description of the services to be performed for the support obligee and the terms and conditions of payment. The contract may not contain a penalty for termination at any time by the support obligee.
[ 2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Basis of compensation.  A collector of child support obligations may not impose a charge or fee for any child support payments collected primarily through the efforts of a governmental agency.
[ 2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 562, §1 (NEW).