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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 69ZD

Parentage testing for purposes of international maintenance agreements

                   For the purpose of the carrying out of any of Australia's obligations under:

                     (a)  an arrangement with a reciprocating jurisdiction, or with a jurisdiction with restricted reciprocity, within the meaning of section 110; or

                     (b)  the Convention referred to in section 111; or

                   (ba)  the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Relating to Maintenance Obligations signed at The Hague on 2 October 1973; or

                   (bb)  the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand on Child and Spousal Maintenance signed at Canberra on 12 April 2000; or

                   (bc)  the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia for the Enforcement of Maintenance (Support) Obligations, which was concluded and entered into force on 12 December 2002;

the regulations may make provision:

                     (c)  conferring jurisdiction on a court to make an order requiring a parentage testing procedure to be carried out at the request of:

                              (i)  a court or authority in a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  the Secretary of the Department, or a person authorised by the Secretary; or

                     (d)  for the carrying out of a parentage testing procedure, and the preparation of a report in relation to the information obtained as a result of the carrying out of the procedure; or

                     (e)  for the admissibility in legal proceedings of a report, in relation to the information obtained as a result of the carrying out of a parentage testing procedure, received from an authority in a foreign country;

whether or not there is any express provision in the relevant arrangement or in the Convention authorising the carrying out of a parentage testing procedure.



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