Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

What Happens if My Ex-Spouse Takes Our Child to Another State?

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was enacted in Missouri in 2009. It replaced the long-standing Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act. The UCCJEA outlines Missouri's jurisdiction over custody cases that involve children who live in other states. Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma have also adopted the UCCJEA.

One of the main purposes of the UCCJEA is to keep a parent from essentially kidnapping his or her children, moving to another state and establishing a parenting plan that excludes the other parent. The UCCJEA has established definitions regarding a child's "home state" and which courts have jurisdiction to order a parenting plan.

Get the Help You Need in Complex Custody Cases

If the other parent is making a deliberate attempt to keep you away from your child, be sure that you have an experienced Missouri child custody lawyer who understands the law and can help to protect your rights. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we have extensive experience in all types of child custody cases, including UCCJEA matters.

Our experience in these matters extends beyond helping divorced couples. We have also represented parents of children born out of wedlock after paternity had been established. Regardless of your situation, our only concern is to see that your parental rights are protected and that the other parent adheres to all parenting time orders issued by the court.

Contact a Knowledgeable Attorney For Your UCCJEA Case

Contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations. We have office locations in the Midwest in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and beyond.