The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
The UCCJEA, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:34-53 et seq., is a uniform act that provides the guidelines for determination of which state has jurisdiction to determine child custody.
There are four separate jurisdictional prerequisites:
a) Home State Jurisdiction: A state has home state jurisdiction when it has been the state of the child's residence for six months prior to any court actions, or the state would have been the child's residence for six months except for the child's wrongful removal from the state, or the child was born in the state less than six months ago;
b) Significant Contacts Jurisdiction: The child and at least one parent lives in New Jersey and there is substantial evidence of the child's connection with New Jersey including the child's care, training, and personal relationships;
c) "Temporary Emergency" Jurisdiction: New Jersey has temporary emergency jurisdiction if the child is present in New Jersey and the child has been abandoned or is in need of emergency protection because the child, or a sibling or parent of the child has been abused or threatened with abuse;
d) Best Interests Jurisdiction: No state has jurisdiction under the other three prongs and the Court determines it is in the best interests of the child that New Jersey has jurisdiction.
New Jersey child custody laws. Contact one of our family law attorneys who are knowledgeable of child support guidelines. Call 1.855.WILENTZ.
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