R.S. §13:1812 Cooperation Between Courts

§13:1812.  Cooperation between courts; preservation of records

A. A court of this state may request the appropriate court of another state to:

(1) Hold an evidentiary hearing.

(2) Order a person to produce or give evidence pursuant to procedures of that state.

(3) Order that an evaluation be made with respect to the custody of a child involved in a pending proceeding.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

B. Upon request of a court of another state, a court of this state may hold a hearing or enter an order described in Subsection A of this Section.

C. Travel and other necessary and reasonable expenses incurred under Subsections A and B of this Section may be assessed against the parties according to the law of this state.

D. 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 eighteen 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.

Acts 2006, No. 822, §1, eff. Aug. 15, 2007.

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