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Interstate child custody cases are governed by several state and federal
statutes. These include:
- State child custody jurisdictional statutes (the UCCJA or the UCCJEA), which
determine when a state court may take jurisdiction over (hear) a custody matter,
when a state court may change an existing custody order, and other related
- The UCCJEA from the National Council of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
- State long-arm statutes, which determine whether a court may exercise personal
jurisdiction over (hear a case involving) an out-of-state defendant.
- State relocation statutes, which determine whether a custodial parent may
relocate with her children and establish notice requirements for such a move.
Federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA), which determines whether
courts must honor and enforce custody orders issued by other states, as well as
whether a court may change an order issued by another state and whether a court
may exercise jurisdiction over (hear) a case when there is a proceeding pending
(going on) in another state.
Federal Violence Against Women Actís Full Faith and Credit provisions, which
(require protection orders issued by a court in one location to be enforced
nationwide) govern interstate enforcement of protection orders.
Domestic violence cases are governed by many other state statutes, including
state protection order and criminal laws and child custody statutes. You can
find information about these laws on other internet sites, including:
The Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family
Court Judges: Searchable database of domestic violence/protection order statutes
and domestic violence criminal statutes.
WomensLaw.org: State-by-state listing of domestic violence statutes, forms, and