§ 20-88.83

Definitions

As used in this article:”Application” means a request under the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance by an obligee or obligor, or on behalf of a child, made through a central authority for assistance from another central authority.”Central authority” means the entity designated by the United States or a foreign country described in § 20-88.32 to perform the functions specified in the Convention.”Convention support order” means a support order of a tribunal of a foreign country described in § 20-88.32.”Direct request” means a petition or similar pleading filed by an individual in a tribunal of the Commonwealth in a proceeding involving an obligee, obligor, or child residing outside the United States.”Foreign central authority” means the entity designated by a foreign country described in § 20-88.32 to perform the functions specified in the Convention.”Foreign support agreement” means an agreement for support in a record that (i) is enforceable as a support order in the country of origin; (ii) has been formally drawn up or registered as an authentic instrument by a foreign tribunal or authenticated by or concluded, registered, or filed with a foreign tribunal; and (iii) may be reviewed and modified by a foreign tribunal. “Foreign support agreement” includes a maintenance arrangement or authentic instrument under the Convention.”United States central authority” means the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

History

2015, c. 727.

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