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Dear Attorneys,

My current attorney told me that there may be a UCCJEA issue in my case. What does that mean? I feel like I should be very worried.


Jinxed Jurisdiction


Dear Jinxed,

The UCCJEA is The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. You can read more about it here! The UCCJEA defines jurisdiction for children, using the following criteria:

  • The state which is the “home state” of the child, or was the child’s home state within six months immediately before the commencement of child custody proceedings if the child is absent from the state, but a parent or person acting as a parent continues to live in the state;
  • If no state has jurisdiction under #1, then jurisdiction is proper where the child and at least one parent have a significant connection with the state (other than mere presence), and substantial evidence concerning the custody determination is available in the state;
  • If no state has jurisdiction under #1 or #2 above, jurisdiction is proper in any state having an appropriate connection with the child.

We understand why a UCCJEA issue would worry you, but you should not be too worked up by it. There are plenty of options, and if your current state really does not have jurisdiction you can have your attorney here liaise with an attorney in another state to help you. You don’t have to throw in the towel.

Wolf & Shore Law Group has dealt with this exact scenario and is able to help you navigate this type of issue with east. With over 24 years of combined experience, Attorneys Kristen Wolf & Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore are highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable, and ready for any challenge.

Call us today, and let us make your matter easier, not harder. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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