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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 3-304: Duties of initiating tribunal

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

  Section 3-304. Duties of initiating tribunal. (a) Upon the filing of a petition authorized by this chapter, an initiating tribunal of the commonwealth shall forward three copies of the petition and its accompanying documents:

  (1) to the responding tribunal or appropriate support enforcement agency in the responding state; or

  (2) if the identity of the responding tribunal is unknown, to the state information agency of the responding state with a request that they be forwarded to the appropriate tribunal and that receipt be acknowledged.

  (b) If a responding state has not enacted the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act or a law or procedure substantially similar to said act, a tribunal of the commonwealth may issue a certificate or other document and make findings required by the law of the responding state. If the responding state is a foreign jurisdiction, the tribunal may specify the amount of support sought and provide other documents necessary to satisfy the requirements of the responding state.

Chapter 209D: Section 3-304. Duties of initiating tribunal

[ 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 3-304. Duties of initiating tribunal. (a) Upon the filing of a petition authorized by this chapter, an initiating tribunal of the commonwealth shall forward the petition and its accompanying documents:

  (1) to the responding tribunal or appropriate support enforcement agency in the responding state; or

  (2) if the identity of the responding tribunal is unknown, to the state information agency of the responding state with a request that they be forwarded to the appropriate tribunal and that receipt be acknowledged.

  (b) If requested by the responding tribunal, a tribunal of the commonwealth shall issue a certificate or other document and make findings required by the law of the responding state. If the responding tribunal is in a foreign country, upon request the tribunal of the commonwealth shall specify the amount of support sought, convert that amount into the equivalent amount in the foreign currency under applicable official or market exchange rate as publicly reported and provide any other documents necessary to satisfy the requirements of the responding foreign tribunal.