Before the trial court may reach any substantive issue, the court must have the power – the jurisdiction – to act. In custody and visitation cases, including “move-away” or relocation cases and modifications of custody orders, jurisdiction is determined under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“the UCCJEA”). The UCCJEA sets out the specific grounds on which a court in this state can exercise jurisdiction or may decline to exercise jurisdiction.
Ms. Amado has represented clients on appeal or been part of the trial team in several cases involving challenges to jurisdiction under the UCCJEA (or its predecessor, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act).
To speak with Ms. Amado or to make an appointment to see her regarding your client’s UCCJEA issues and possible assistance or appellate representation, please contact her at 310- 550-8214.