In 1997, Congress passed the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) in order to address two major concerns relating to child custody laws throughout the United States. First, the UCCJEA provides clear standards that states now rely upon in considering matters of original jurisdiction and interstate child custody. After more than 30 years of basing decisions on the old Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA), courts were becoming increasingly concerned about how to modify custody arrangements in a society that is becoming increasingly mobile and complex. In addition, the UCCJEA gives judges a clear process for determining and enforcing interstate custody and visitation rights. Judges and family court professionals now have clear parameters for deciding on matters involving custodial child relocation to another state, modification of parenting schedules and the enforcement of parental rights.
The UCCJEA affects cases involving relocation, visitation and child support
UCCJEA laws are complex. We will work in unison with out-of-state counsel to ensure that matters involving interstate child custody jurisdiction are handled efficiently, effectively, and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the client is seeking to obtain enforcement of custody orders. We have extensive understanding of how the UCCJEA is interpreted in Florida courts.
The UCCJEA has an impact on nearly every area of family law involving children: