Child Custody Disputes Governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Changes in personal and family circumstances can sometimes precipitate a divorce. The stress of a new job or out-of-state move sometimes acts as the last straw. When a spouse moves away with the children, legal questions inevitably arise. Where should the divorce and child custody proceeding be filed? What if the proceedings are filed in more than one state? What response is legal? What is practical?
In the United States, your child custody dispute will be governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This law determines which state will have jurisdiction to make or modify custody and requires that states enforce each other’s determinations. McGhan Law, LLC has significant experience dealing with these complex laws and will aggressively protect your rights and interests in your child custody dispute.
Additionally, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Hague Convention) is a treaty designed to return children to their home country (“habitual residence”). It works to prevent a parent from trying to obtain an advantage by taking the children to another country where they think the law might be more favorable to them.
Regardless of your situation, we are here to help. We understand the criteria courts use to award custody and work hard to develop a personalized strategy to help you regain custody of your children.
Overseas Military and Private Employees
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel are at sea or based in other locations around the world. We can work for clients facing a variety of family and employment situations. We also handle child custody matters for employees of the U.S. government and multi-national corporations.