INTERSTATE CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER
We live in a mobile society. Attorney Don Moyer represent clients who currently live in other parts of the country. And these clients need local Rhode Island representation for divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, or enforcement of existing orders. Our lawyers have experience representing clients who live in a variety of different states.
JURISDICTION FOR OUT OF STATE CUSTODY
RI’s version of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) governs interstate custody disputes. The UCCJEA contains certain procedures for the courts to determine jurisdiction. And jurisdiction determines if a custody case is heard in Rhode Island or where the children currently reside.
One of the most important factors for determining jurisdiction in a custody dispute is which state is the “home state”. As a rule, courts consider a state “home state” where children have resided recently for more than six months. However, one must consider certain other factors. For example, whether the children or one of the parents has a significant connection with Rhode Island. Or whether substantial evidence is available in this state concerning the child’s care, protection, training, and personal relationships.
So, the UCCJEA also contains mechanisms for the enforcement of a custody or visitation order which has been issued by another state.
INTERSTATE CHILD SUPPORT
If you live in a state other than Rhode Island, the other party might serve you with a complaint for payment of child support. However, if you have never lived in RI, RI may not have jurisdiction (“personal jurisdiction”). The courts need this in order to force you to pay child support or to modify a child support issued by another state. As a general rule, you should file any complaint for support in the state where the non-custodial parent resides. And in each case, you should immediately contact our experienced Rhode Island interstate child custody lawyer to determine your rights.
TOP INTERSTATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION
At Moyer Law, PC, our attorneys represent parents and spouses who live in other states, and not just those in RI. Specifically, those who need local representation in interstate custody, visitation, and child support issues.
So, for aggressive, effective, legal representation in complex interstate divorce, child custody, or child support cases, contact us by email or at (401) 461-7800.