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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 69XA

Matters related particularly to parentage testing for purposes of an international agreement or arrangement

             (1)  The Secretary may commence or continue proceedings under section 69W if it is necessary or convenient to do so for the purposes of an international agreement or arrangement.

             (2)  Despite section 69X, a court must order that the costs of any parentage testing procedure ordered in proceedings mentioned in subsection (1) are payable by a party to those proceedings who:

                     (a)  contested the making of a maintenance assessment or court order for child support on the ground of not being the parent of the child; or

                     (b)  contested the enforcement of an overseas maintenance order, agreement or assessment on the ground of not being the parent of the child.

             (3)  If a parentage testing procedure that is ordered by a court in proceedings mentioned in subsection (1) establishes that a party contesting parentage in those proceedings was not a parent of the child, the court may order that the costs of the procedure are payable by the Secretary.

             (4)  A report in relation to information obtained as a result of a parentage testing procedure, received by the Secretary from an administrative or judicial authority in a reciprocating jurisdiction within the meaning of section 110 or a jurisdiction mentioned in Schedule 4 or 4A to the regulations, may be received in evidence in any proceedings under this Act.



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