Q: How do you start visitation with your children when you're in Utah and your ex is in another state?
My ex has not let me see my daughter for a long time, other factors were an issue with this situation but aren't any more. I don't know where to start.
A: I suggest contacting a family law attorney. Jurisdictional issues involving different states can be complicated in child custody disputes. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) defines the term as the state in which the child lived with a parent for at least six consecutive months immediately before the commencement of the custody proceeding as the "home state" of the child. There are a lot of questions to consider, including any existing child custody orders, whether the parents were married, the name on the birth certificate, questions involving paternity, jurisdiction, venue, and others.
This is for information purposes only and not considered legal advice.
A: You should talk with an experienced family law attorney. The answer to your question will require additional information including if there is any court order in place. If there is no court order in place, you will likely need an attorney in the state where your ex and children reside. A local attorney familiar with the UCCJEA can help point you in the right direction.
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