Q: How can I get custody of my little brother who lives in Oregon and I live in NY?
A: First, you'll need to establish legal standing, demonstrating your significant and beneficial relationship with your brother. Then, you'll file a custody petition in Oregon, his primary place of residence, and notify all relevant parties, including his parents or legal guardians. Collect evidence that supports your case, highlighting your ability to provide a stable and suitable environment for your brother. Expect to participate in court proceedings where the court will prioritize your brother's best interests in making custody decisions. Interstate custody cases often involve the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which governs jurisdictional issues and the enforcement of custody orders across state lines. Given the complexity of such cases, it's crucial to have legal representation in both Oregon and New York to navigate the legal intricacies effectively and advocate for your brother's welfare.
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