Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 5
Divorce and Separation

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-5-28

§ 15-5-28. Judgment or order as lien on property — Duration — Effect.

(a) A certified copy of any judgment or order which contains a provision adjudging a party to the action in contempt for failure to pay any support payment, or which states an arrearage due on any support payment or payments, may be recorded with the recorder of deeds in any city or town where real estate owned by the obligor may be found, and shall become a lien upon all real property of the obligor owned by the obligor in the city or town at the time of the recording. The division of taxation, child support enforcement shall not be required to pay a recording fee. The lien shall remain in full force and effect unless the lien is discharged by the obligee or his or her attorney or subsequent family court judgment or order as provided in this section.

(b) The certificate of the obligee, or his or her attorney duly signed and notarized, or a certified copy of a judgment or order of the family court which contains a provision that all arrearages have been paid in full, shall, when recorded, be a discharge in full of the land.

(c) If any amount of child support provided in a judgment or order has been directed to be paid to the clerk of the court or to any other office designated by the court pursuant to any other provision of law, and the directive is set forth in the copy of the docketed judgment or order, or in the docket or certified copy of an amended or supplemental order, the certificate shall not affect the lien unless also approved in writing by the clerk or other designated officer.

(d) A lien under this section shall not be dischargeable in bankruptcy.

History of Section.
P.L. 1980, ch. 304, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 354, §§ 1, 2; P.L. 2001, ch. 155, § 1.