Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act (UCCJEA)

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Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction 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, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana 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 Multi-State Custody Attorney For Your UCCJEA Case in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana

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


Full Service Child Custody Representation

Our child custody practice focuses on protecting the wellbeing of children and the rights of parents. We handle issues such as:
Often called parenting time, visitation is the amount of time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. We can handle a broad spectrum of visitation matters.
Creating a parenting plan
Getting visitation rights means drafting a parenting plan that works. We can help.
Relocation with a child
Courts have continuing jurisdiction over child custody and visitation orders. So, when a parent wants to move, it is usually necessary to get the court's permission first. Failure to do so can put your time with your child in jeopardy.
Enforcement of orders
If a parent fails to follow a child custody order, it may be possible to take him or her to court to enforce the order.
Contempt of court
If you are found to have repeatedly ignored a court order, you may be found in contempt of court.
Modification of orders:
When you need a court order changed, you can work with the experienced attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC.
Custody Issues for Nonmarried Parents
Next to divorce actions, paternity cases (custody and support cases between unmarried parents) are among the most common cases in family law.
Parental Rights
Parents are often concerns about their parental rights, especially fathers in certain circumstances.
Family Access Motions
If you are being denied access to your children, you may want to consider a family access motion.
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
If you have jurisdictional issues involving your custody case, you will want an attorney familiar with the UCCJEA.
Custody Evaluations
If you have a complex custody case where psychological issues or abuse may be in play, you might want to consider a child custody evaluation
Hague Convention
If you are dealing with an international child custody dispute, and perhaps child abduction, knowing about the Hague Convention is often critical.
Third-Party Custody
If you are not the biological parents, in certain cases all may not be lost. You might have a right to third party custody in certain situations.
Fertility and Surrogacy
Fertility and surrogacy is a growing area of the law for those who want children.
In some custody cases, parties might live far apart. This can result in difficult child custody cases with transportation at issue.

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