Child custody matters can be difficult to handle when the other parent lives near you. But if one of you lives in another state, you might have to resolve procedural and jurisdictional disputes before you even get to the point at issue.
In the past, parents often had to spend unnecessary time and money arguing over which court had jurisdiction to make an initial child custody determination or a modification of an existing order. Commonly, rulings were contradictory and inconsistent.
The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was drafted in 1997 to guide state courts on these issues. The UCCJEA has been adopted by almost every state in the country, including Minnesota, and is contained in Chapter 518D of the Minnesota Statutes. The statute does not govern the actual child custody laws applied to a case but rather which state’s laws to apply based on which court has jurisdiction over the matter.
Key provisions of the UCCJEA include the following:
When parents and children live in different states, child custody issues are complex. A Minnesota family lawyer can help you with multi-state custody determinations, modifications and enforcement.
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