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Child Custody When Multiple States Are Involved

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

When parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements for their children, they will turn to the courts to make a determination. These cases can become complex and highly contested amongst the parties and their attorneys. Imagine then, when courts from multiple states are involved. Most lawyers are licensed to practice law in their own state and are familiar with their own state laws and courts. Further, other states have their own state laws and local rules that may look completely foreign. In order to resolve interstate custody conflicts, states recognize and follow the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) In order for any court in this country to hear a case, it must have jurisdiction. This is Latin for “law speak”, …