Uniform Child Support Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Explained

June 28th, 2017

Any of the knowledgeable and capable Hillsboro Oregon family law attorneys will tell you that child custody cases are very complicated. Ronald Johnston has more than 40 years of experience litigating custody cases and that includes custody cases involving parents who live in different states.

To help make things a little easier, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws drafted the Uniform Child Support Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) in 1997.

The uniform act has since been adopted by 49 states. The lone holdout is Massachusetts.

The UCCJEA establishes parameters for jurisdiction and requires states to enforce child custody orders issued by other states. The act does allow local courts to intervene in emergency situations such as abuse, mistreatment, and neglect.

If a parent wants to modify a child custody order, they must do so in the state that originally issued the order. Allowances are made if the court loses significant connection jurisdiction or if the child and both parents no longer live in the state that originally issued the order.

If you need help enforcing a child custody order in another state, contact Ronald Johnston immediately. One of the most capable Hillsboro Oregon family law attorneys, Ronald Johnston has tried many cases related to the Uniform Child Support Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.



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