Child Relocation & UCCJEA

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was published in 1997.  There are clear rules and procedures set, but still plenty of room for misinterpretations. Whether California or Michigan is your home state our team is very familiar with the local statutes and can help walk you through the complex process in simpler steps.
Home State Jurisdiction

Where the child lived with a parent or guardian for six months prior to proceedings.

If your child has moved frequently in the past six months it is important to document a timeline of where, when and why. Establishing proof of jurisdiction is an important step so child custody determinations can be enforced. There are times that temporary emergency jurisdiction but only when the child is physically present, abandoned or subjected to mistreatment or abuse.


The UCCJEA is intended as an improvement over the UCCJA.

The update was made to reduce interstate conflicts and give a standard of processes to follow. They conform to the Federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (the PKPA) to give interstate enforceability of orders and protections for domestic violence victims that move out of state for safety reasons (safe haven).

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