The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act


Attorneys Experienced in Handling Cross-Border Custody Disputes

If you are involved in a custody dispute that crosses state lines, our experienced family law attorneys can help.  Our lawyers frequently handle cross jurisdictional child custody disputes.  Whether your are looking to keep your case in Virginia or to move it to another jurisdiction, we can help you prepare and present your case in the most compelling way possible.

What is the UCCJEA?

Virginia, like most states, has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”). The UCCJEA is a uniform state law that determines which state’s courts have jurisdiction to make and modify a child custody determination. The Act requires that state courts enforce child-custody and visitation orders made by other states.  The UCCJEA also assures that a single court will have jurisdiction over custody proceedings, even if the child has been abducted by a parent or guardian and taken to another state.


What are the Main Elements of the UCCJEA in Virginia?

For more information on this topic, please see our FAQs.   To schedule a consultation concerning a child custody or visitation matter, and to obtain specific advice on the laws applicable to your situation, please contact us.

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