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The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
(NCJ 189181) December 2001
Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Hoff, P.
Describes the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), a uniform State law designed to deter interstate parental kidnapping and promote uniform jurisdiction and enforcement provisions in interstate child-custody and visitation cases. The UCCJEA was approved in 1997 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; as of July 2001, 26 States had adopted the law. This Bulletin provides current information about the UCCJEA to legislators in States considering its adoption and to parents and practitioners in States that have already adopted the law. The legal background, underlying rationale, applicability, and jurisdictional provisions of the UCCJEA are discussed.
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