In custody issues involving multiple states, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) governs jurisdictional determinations. The UCCJEA establishes guidelines for determining which state’s court has jurisdiction over the custody matter. Typically, the “home state” where the child has lived for a significant period holds jurisdiction. If a court determines that another state has jurisdiction, it may defer to that state’s authority. The goal is to promote consistency and avoid conflicting custody orders between states, ensuring the child’s best interests are prioritized across jurisdictions.
Chester HH. and Angela GG. share joint legal custody of their child, with Angela having sole physical custody in Michigan. However, a significant event occurred when Chester, residing in New York, brought the child to his home for a visit. During this time, troubling allegations emerged, suggesting neglect and abuse while the child was under Angela’s care in Michigan.