The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)


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Across State Lines Child Custody

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is an act which places jurisdiction for child custody matters with the courts of the child’s home state. Under the UCCJEA, the child’s home state is the state in which the child has lived with a parent for six consecutive months prior to the commencement of the child custody proceeding (or since birth if the child is younger than six months).

If you are engaged in a child custody matter that crosses state lines, it is important to consult with an attorney who is well versed in UCCJEA law. At The Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling child custody matters for clients throughout New York City and are prepared to address the complex issues that arise when parents live in different states.

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act

Interstate child custody disputes are common in New York, as parents often live in or relocate to New Jersey, Connecticut and other neighboring states.

Whatever state is determined to be the child’s home state under the UCCJEA will retain jurisdiction over the case unless and until it is determined that neither the child nor the child’s parents have a significant connection with that state. In such a case, the state will likely relinquish jurisdiction to the state where the child and at least one parent lives.

No two cases are alike. To determine how the UCCJEA applies to your situation, it is important to consult with an experienced New York child custody lawyer.

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