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On interstate custody, and what you need to know about it

Imagine that you and your ex-spouse got a divorce a couple of years ago. Prior to that, you had two children together, so custody arrangements were necessary to make the divorce go through. Since the divorce, you and your ex are civil with each other, and the custody arrangement has not been difficult to enforce or "stick to."

However, now your ex has just received a new job that will take him or her out of the state. Your ex will have to move quite a ways away, and the two of you are not sure how to proceed when it comes to your custody arrangement.

Interstate child custody arrangements can certainly be complex -- but that doesn't mean they are impossible. There are solutions to your custody situation that will allow you to have a meaningful relationship with your child, and your ex could enjoy that relationship too.

What is important to realize about interstate custody agreements is that every state has some provisions that align with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which puts standards and provisions in place when multiple states are involved in a child custody case. When these cases are handled, it is the child's home state that will make the decisions on the case. The other state involved must abide by those determinations.

There are obviously some less collaborative reasons that an interstate custody arrangement is needed. For example, if the safety of the spouse and/or the child is threatened, then an interstate custody arrangement may be necessary or forced. But no matter the reason why an interstate custody arrangement is needed, you can rest assured that there is a solution out there for you.

Source: FindLaw, "Interstate Custody Arrangements," Accessed June 11, 2015

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