Maine Revised Statutes

§3311. Definitions

As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings. [2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF).]

1. Application.  "Application" means 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.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
2. Central authority.  "Central authority" means the entity designated by the United States or a foreign country described in section 2802, subsection 3-A to perform the functions specified in the Convention.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
3. Convention support order.  "Convention support order" means a support order of a tribunal of a foreign country described in section 2802, subsection 3-A.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
4. Direct request.  "Direct request" means a petition filed by an individual in a tribunal of this State in a proceeding involving an obligee, obligor or child residing outside the United States.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
4-A. Foreign central authority.   "Foreign central authority" means the entity designated by a foreign country as defined in section 2802, subsection 3-A to perform the functions specified in the Convention.
[ 2015, c. 186, §9 (NEW) .]
5. Foreign support agreement.  "Foreign support agreement" means an agreement for support in a record that:
A. Is enforceable as a support order in the country of origin; [2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF).]
B. 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 [2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF).]
C. May be reviewed and modified by a foreign tribunal. [2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF).]
"Foreign support agreement" includes a maintenance arrangement or authentic instrument under the Convention.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
6. United States central authority.  "United States central authority" means the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
[ 2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW); 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2009, c. 95, §83 (NEW). 2009, c. 95, §87 (AFF). 2015, c. 186, §9 (AMD).