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‘The Grapes of Wrath’--Child Custody Act Resolves Dilemma When a Family Moves

June 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Kim Schnuelle

The United States has historically been a mobile society. Although there is currently somewhat of a downward trend in relocation, nonetheless 11.2 percent of all U.S. families moved in 2016.1 For families engaged in child-related litigation, relocation to a different state or different country can cause litigation complexities, starting with determining which court has proper jurisdiction to hear a child-custody matter. 

If a parent is filing for divorce, but the parties have changed states in the past few months and currently live in different states, the question is establishing the proper forum to bring the action under the...

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