Family Law

UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction and EnforcementAct)

In 1968, the Uniform Law Commissioners promulgated the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA), which was designed to discourage interstate kidnapping of children by their non-custodial parents.  By the early 1980s every state had adopted the UCCJA.  Prior to the UCCJA, parents would often take children across state lines hoping to find a Court that would overturn an unfavorable custody ruling from the original state.  But in 1997 the Uniform Law Commissioners promulgated a new uniform law, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which adds provisions regarding the interstate civil enforcement for child custody orders.  Florida and all other states, except Massachusetts, have adopted the newer UCCJEA.

Contact us for hlep if you have a UCCJEA or cross-state jurisdictional issue in your case.  Issues related to the UCCJEA and its application can be a very complicated matter.  But we can help you understand the law and your options.

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