When parents are separating from each other, the situation is difficult enough. However, when one parent or the other is moving to another state, the situation becomes even more complex.

To help, North Carolina has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJEA.) This is a compact entered into by most states in the nation, and sets forth parameters for determining where custody cases should be heard.

If you and the other parent have never been to court before over your children, then you need what is called an “initial determination” of custody. If the child has lived in North Carolina for six months, or more, it is the child’s home state. If the child has lived somewhere else, it is likely that will be considered the child’s home state, and the case will be decided there. (Of course, if the child has been moved from one place to the other simply in order to make the case difficult, then there may be other issues which you will want to discuss with your attorney.) READ MORE


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