If you and your ex-spouse live in different states, custody with your children can get very complicated. Naturally, a co-parenting situation is relatively out-of-the-question. While some parents may share the responsibility of making important decisions about school, religion, medical care, and other issues for their children, they will not be physically near each other so sharing custody of the children on a week-to-week basis will be impossible. Instead, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act will govern over the process of an out-of-state custody issue.
This is an act that was created specifically to deal with out-of-state cases. The Act was created to avoid conflicting orders between states. It is also able to promote cooperation between states that may have different child custody states and determine what state is the more appropriate state to make decisions affecting to children. Depending on your children's ages a judge may determine that the custody arrangements should be created according to the other state's laws. The Act also ensures that the custody litigation takes place in the state where the child has the closest connection.
For example, if your children are currently in school in Ohio, then the custody arrangements may be created according to Ohio laws. If your children are currently enrolled in schools here in California, then the court will use the California guidelines. The Act also discourages continuing litigation in out-of-state custody disputes. It helps people to clearly understand what guidelines they will operate under, and helps to promote the exchange of information and other forms of mutual assistance between the courts. If you want more information about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act or you out of state custody case, then you need to contact a San Fernando divorce lawyer at Cutter & Lax immediately. You can speak to an experienced attorney who will guide you through your case.