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Section 7-701: Proceeding to determine parentage

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

  Section 7-701. Proceeding to determine parentage.

  (a) A tribunal of the commonwealth may serve as an initiating or responding tribunal in a proceeding brought under this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter, the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act to determine that the petitioner is a parent of a particular child or to determine that a respondent is a parent of that child.

  (b) In a proceeding to determine parentage, a responding tribunal of the commonwealth shall apply the procedural and substantive law of the commonwealth and the rules of the commonwealth on choice of law.

Chapter 209D: Section 7-701. Definitions

[ 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 7-701. Definitions. In this article:

  (1) "Application'', a request under the Convention by an obligee or obligor or on behalf of a child, made through a central authority for assistance from another central authority.

  (2) "Central authority'', the entity designated by the United States or a foreign country described in section 1-102(5)(iv) to perform the functions specified in the Convention.

  (3) "Convention support order'', a support order of a tribunal of a foreign country described in section 1-102(5)(iv).

  (4) "Direct request'', a petition filed by an individual in a tribunal of the commonwealth in a proceeding involving an obligee, obligor or child residing outside the United States.

  (5) "Foreign central authority'', the entity designated by a foreign country described in section 1-102(5)(iv) to perform the functions specified in the Convention.

  (6) "Foreign support agreement'':

  (A) means an agreement for support in a record that:

  (i) is enforceable as a support order in the country of origin;

  (ii) has been:

  (I) formally drawn up or registered as an authentic instrument by a foreign tribunal; or

  (II) authenticated by or concluded, registered or filed with a foreign tribunal; and

  (iii) may be reviewed and modified by a foreign tribunal; and

  (B) includes a maintenance arrangement or authentic instrument under the Convention.

  (7) "United States central authority'', the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.