PUBLIC LAW 91-358-JULY 29, 1970
"SUBCHAPTER II.—PATERNITY PROCEEDINGS
"§ 16-2341. Representation " (a) Where a public support burden has been incurred or is threatened, the Corporation Counsel, or any of his assistants, shall bring a civil action in the Family Division on behalf of any wife or child to enforce support of such wife or child. "(b) In all cases over which the Division has jurisdiction under paragraphs (3), (4), (10), and (11) of section 11-1101, where the court deems it necessary and proper, an attorney shall be appointed by the court to represent the respondent. "(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to interfere with the right of an mdividual to file a civil action over which the Division has jurisdiction under the paragraphs of section 11-1101 referred to in subsection (b).
- § 16-2342. Time of bringing complaint
"Proceedings over which the Division has jurisdiction under paragraphs (3) and (11) of section 11-1101 to establish paternity and provide for the support of a child born out of wedlock may be instituted after four months of pregnancy or within two years after the birth of the child, or within one year after the putative father has ceased making contributions for the support of the child. The time during which the respondent is absent from the jurisdiction shall be excluded from the computation of the time within which a complaint may be filed. "§lft-2343. Blood tests "When it is relevant to an action over which the Division has jurisdiction under section 11-1101, the court may direct that the mother, child, and the respondent submit to one or more blood tests to determine whether or not the respondent can be excluded as being the fa^^her of the child, but the results of the test may be admitted as evidence only in cases where the respondent does not object to its admissability. Where the parties cannot afford the cost of a blood test, the court may direct the Department of Public Health to perform such tests without fee. "§ 16-2344. Exclusion of public "Upon trial or proceedings over which the Division has jurisdiction under paragraph (3), (4), (10), or (11) of section 11-1101, the court may exclude the general public and, at the request of either party, shall exclude the general public. % 16-2345. New birth record upon marriage of natural parents "When a certified copy of a marriage certificate is submitted to the Director of Public Health, establishing that the previously unwed parents of a child born out of wedlock have intermarried subsequent to the birth of the child, and the paternity of the child has been judicially determined or acknowledged by the husband before the Commissioner of the District of Columbia or his designated agent, or has been acknowledged in an affidavit sworn to by the husband before a judge or the clerk of a court of record, or before an officer of the armed forces of the United States authorized to administer oaths, and the affidavit is delivered to the Commissioner or his designated agent, a new certificate of birth bearing the original date of birth and the names