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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 2-201: Bases for jurisdiction over nonresident

[ Text of section effective until March 31, 2016. For text effective March 31, 2016, see below.]

  Section 2-201. Bases for jurisdiction over nonresident. In a proceeding to establish, enforce, or modify a support order or to determine parentage, a tribunal of the commonwealth may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident individual or the individual's guardian or conservator pursuant to the provisions of chapter two hundred and twenty-three A or under this section. Personal jurisdiction may be exercised under this chapter if:

  (1) the individual is personally served with a notice within the commonwealth;

  (2) the individual submits to the jurisdiction of the commonwealth by consent, by entering a general appearance, or by filing a responsive document having the effect of waiving any contest to personal jurisdiction;

  (3) the individual resided with the child in the commonwealth;

  (4) the individual resided in the commonwealth and provided prenatal expenses or support for the child;

  (5) the child resides in the commonwealth as a result of the acts or directives of the individual;

  (6) the individual engaged in sexual intercourse in the commonwealth and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse;

  (7) the individual asserted parentage under the provisions of chapter forty-six or chapter two hundred and nine C; or

  (8) there is any other basis consistent with the constitutions of the commonwealth and the United States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.

Chapter 209D: Section 2-201. Bases for jurisdiction over nonresident

[ Text of section as recodified by 2016, 53, Sec. 1 effective March 31, 2016 applicable as provided by 2016, 53, Sec. 2. See 2016, 53, Sec. 3. For text effective until March 31, 2016, see above.]

  Section 2-201. Bases for jurisdiction over nonresident. (a) In a proceeding to establish or enforce a support order or to determine parentage of a child, a tribunal of the commonwealth may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident individual or the individual's guardian or conservator if:

  (1) the individual is personally served with a notice within the commonwealth;

  (2) the individual submits to the jurisdiction of the commonwealth by consent in a record, by entering a general appearance or by filing a responsive document having the effect of waiving any contest to personal jurisdiction;

  (3) the individual resided with the child in the commonwealth;

  (4) the individual resided in the commonwealth and provided prenatal expenses or support for the child;

  (5) the child resides in the commonwealth as a result of the acts or directives of the individual;

  (6) the individual engaged in sexual intercourse in the commonwealth and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse;

  (7) the individual asserted parentage of a child under chapter 46 or chapter 209C; or

  (8) there is any other basis consistent with the constitutions of the commonwealth and the United States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.

  (b) The bases of personal jurisdiction set forth in subsection (a) or in any other law of the commonwealth may not be used to acquire personal jurisdiction for a tribunal of the commonwealth to modify a child support order of another state unless the requirements of Section 6-611 are met or, in the case of a foreign support order, unless the requirements of Section 6-615 are met.