Text: H.R.4203 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (08/23/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4203


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


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 23, 2019

Mr. Costa (for himself, Mr. Olson, Mrs. Lesko, and Ms. Escobar) 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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as “Jane’s Law”.

SEC. 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.”.

(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 court-ordered property distribution.”.

(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”.