(a) A petitioner may file a direct request seeking establishment or modification of a support order or determination of parentage of a child. In the proceeding, the law of this state applies.
(c) In a direct request for recognition and enforcement of a convention support order or foreign support agreement:
(1) a security, bond, or deposit is not required to guarantee the payment of costs and expenses; and
(2) an obligee or obligor that in the issuing country has benefited from free legal assistance is entitled to benefit, at least to the same extent, from any free legal assistance provided for by the law of this state under the same circumstances.
(d) A petitioner filing a direct request is not entitled to assistance from the Department of Human Services.
(e) Sections 518C.701 to 518C.713 do not prevent the application of laws of this state that provide simplified, more expeditious rules regarding a direct request for recognition and enforcement of a foreign support order or foreign support agreement.
NOTE: This section, as added by Laws 2014, chapter 189, section 59, is effective on the date that the United States deposits the instrument of ratification for the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance with the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Laws 2014, chapter 189, section 73.