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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 2-204: Simultaneous proceedings in another state

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

  Section 2-204. Simultaneous proceedings in another state.

  (a) A tribunal of the commonwealth may exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the petition or comparable pleading is filed after a petition or comparable pleading is filed in another state only if:

  (1) the petition or comparable pleading in the commonwealth is filed before the expiration of the time allowed in the other state for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction by the other state;

  (2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in the other state; and

  (3) if relevant, the commonwealth is the home state of the child.

  (b) A tribunal of the commonwealth may not exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the petition or comparable pleading is filed before a petition or comparable pleading is filed in another state if:

  (1) the petition or comparable pleading in the other state is filed before the expiration of the time allowed in the commonwealth for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction by the commonwealth;

  (2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in the commonwealth; and

  (3) if relevant, the other state is the home state of the child.

Chapter 209D: Section 2-204. Simultaneous proceedings

[ 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 2-204. Simultaneous proceedings.

  (a) A tribunal of the commonwealth may exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the petition or comparable pleading is filed after a pleading is filed in another state or a foreign country only if:

  (1) the petition or comparable pleading in the commonwealth is filed before the expiration of the time allowed in the other state or the foreign country for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction by the other state or the foreign country;

  (2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in the other state or the foreign country; and

  (3) if relevant, the commonwealth is the home state of the child.

  (b) A tribunal of the commonwealth may not exercise jurisdiction to establish a support order if the petition or comparable pleading is filed before a petition or comparable pleading is filed in another state or a foreign country if:

  (1) the petition or comparable pleading in the other state or foreign country is filed before the expiration of the time allowed in the commonwealth for filing a responsive pleading challenging the exercise of jurisdiction by the commonwealth;

  (2) the contesting party timely challenges the exercise of jurisdiction in the commonwealth; and

  (3) if relevant, the other state or foreign country is the home state of the child.