Alexandria, VA asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Virginia

Q: Should I file for divorce/child support in MD or VA? Which state is best for my child? I live in VA, he is in MD.

It’s almost been 1 year and I was ready to file in VA but I’m reading MD is better for child support. Is this correct?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Your choice of court is not determined by gained benefit but rather jurisdiction.

If you live in Va for six months, you can file for divorce only, i.e., terminate the marriage, but nothing more.

If you want to do property, financial, money matters, etc., you need personal jurisdiction over the other party.

Custody jurisdiction is determined by the UCCJEA.

Child support jurisdiction is the UIFSA.

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