Child Custody Jurisdiction Under the UCCJEA: Navigating the Complexities

Determining Where to Initiate or Maintain a Custody Action and Leveraging Enforcement or Modification Remedies

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Recorded event now available

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare family law attorneys to identify the critical factors that determine which state is appropriate to initiate or maintain an existing child custody action under the UCCJEA. The panel will discuss how to utilize the UCCJEA to enforce or modify child custody orders across state lines.


In our mobile society, problems often arise in determining the proper jurisdiction in which to bring child custody actions. Understanding the UCCJEA and principles of personal and subject matter jurisdiction is critical. Complex choice of law issues present potential pitfalls.

During the initial divorce action and in settlement negotiations, counsel should address child custody issues in anticipation of potential future jurisdictional issues.

Counsel navigating the UCCJEA post-divorce must advise clients concerning interstate child custody issues. Counsel must understand how to utilize the UCCJEA to obtain enforcement or modification of child custody orders across state lines.

Listen as our panel of expert family law attorneys discusses best practices for addressing child custody issues in divorce settlements and anticipating potential future jurisdictional issues concerning custody. The panel will outline how to use the enforcement and modification remedies provided under UCCJEA.



  1. Initial Jurisdiction and the UCCJEA
  2. Modification Jurisdiction and the UCCJEA
  3. Enforcement Jurisdiction and the UCCJEA


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are best practices for handling child custody issues in divorce settlements in anticipation of potential future jurisdictional issues?
  • What are the key enforcement remedies available under the UCCJEA?
  • How can the UCCJEA be effectively utilized for modification of a custody order involving parties from different jurisdictions?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Valerie D. Arnold
Valerie D. Arnold

Arnold Rodman & Pletcher

She practices in all areas of family law including interstate and international divorce and child custody, Hague...  |  Read More

Lisa A. Pletcher
Lisa A. Pletcher

Arnold Rodman & Pletcher

She has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 2005, and has focused exclusively on family law since 2006....  |  Read More

John T. Kelleher
John T. Kelleher

Kelleher & Kelleher

He is an AV rated attorney and a certified family law specialist. He has practiced law in Nevada since 1996, focusing...  |  Read More

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