Washington, DC asked in Child Custody for District of Columbia

Q: Me and my child dad have share joint custody now in DC but he wants to reopen the case and get full custody but if I was

To move to another state like md or va and go file for full custody once I move will I get it or do I have to wait until we go to court in DC once he reopen the case

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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A: Jurisdiction of the case may remain in DC unless you move and establish new residency elsewhere under the UCCJEA or similar law. The dad might rightly oppose a move-away if it conflicts with his time with the child. Kids need both parents, say developmental psychologists; and the law uses equal time with both parents as a fundamental starting point of inquiry when determining custody rights. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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