Maine Revised Statutes

§1742. Cooperation between courts; preservation of records

1. Request to court of another state.  A court of this State may request the appropriate court of another state to:
A. Hold an evidentiary hearing; [1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).]
B. Order a person to produce or give evidence pursuant to procedures of that state; [1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).]
C. Order that an evaluation be made with respect to the custody of a child involved in a pending proceeding; [1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).]
D. Forward to the court of this State a certified copy of the transcript of the record of the hearing, the evidence otherwise presented and any evaluation prepared in compliance with the request; and [1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).]
E. Order a party to a child custody proceeding or any person having physical custody of the child to appear in the proceeding with or without the child. [1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).]
[ 1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF) .]
2. Hearing or order upon request by court of another state.  Upon request of a court of another state, a court of this State may hold a hearing or enter an order described in subsection 1.
[ 1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF) .]
3. Assessment of expenses.  Travel and other necessary and reasonable expenses incurred under subsections 1 and 2 may be assessed against the parties according to the law of this State.
[ 1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF) .]
4. Preservation of records.  A court of this State shall preserve the pleadings, orders, decrees, records of hearings, evaluations and other pertinent records with respect to a child custody proceeding until the child attains 18 years of age. Upon appropriate request by a court or law enforcement official of another state, the court shall forward a certified copy of those records.
[ 1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW); 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1999, c. 486, §3 (NEW). 1999, c. 486, §6 (AFF).