St. Paul family law attorney Allison Maxim talks about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), designed to combat interstate kidnapping of children by their non-custodial parent.
The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act or UCCJEA, as we call it for short. Is a statute that we have in Minnesota and it’s a uniform statute that’s adopted by all of the states. And what it says is that a child’s home state is the state where they’ve resided for six months.
Now, there’s some exceptions to that and if one of those exceptions comes into play in a particular client’s case, I’ll discuss that with them, but essentially, the UCCJEA is the statute that will govern which state makes decisions about custody and parenting time in any particular custody case.