Interstate Child Custody
A child custody dispute waged across state lines presents complexities that an intrastate dispute does not. In recent years, legislation has clarified some legal issues in these disputes, though in a particular case there may be outstanding questions and issues to be resolved.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. has a well-earned reputation in the area of interstate child custody disputes. Do you live in San Francisco or elsewhere in California and have a custody dispute that has crossed state lines? Do you live elsewhere in the U.S. and need local representation in California? Whatever the case may be, our lawyers will represent you with energy and determination. We will work to protect your rights and achieve your goals.
Interstate Child Custody Jurisdiction
Every state has incorporated into its statutes model legislation based on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This legislation provides a framework by which questions regarding interstate child custody jurisdiction can be resolved.
When deciding what state court system should have jurisdiction, the UCCJEA gives priority to the child’s “home state.” There are a number of provisions and tests designed to clarify and determine the home state status of a child. As in other legal matters, the presentation of evidence and effective argument can make a difference in the determination of jurisdiction.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. has extensive experience in child custody cases that cross state lines. We will use the law, our experience and our knowledge to argue on your behalf in order to establish jurisdiction in California.
The Second Step
Once jurisdiction has been established, our attorneys will work to resolve the core issues of the dispute, including questions regarding legal custody, visitation rights and child support.
At Schapiro Thorn Inc., we understand the importance you place on your child’s well-being. We will work to achieve your goals and protect your rights.