Interstate Custody Arrangements are agreements that are made between a mother and a father in which one parent will take the child out of the state of living with the other parent. If you have a child that is going to be raised in another state then there may be an agreement for interstate custody. This means that the court will have the jurisdiction over the child and that the judge can make decisions about schooling, medical care etc. The child can stay with the mother but will be under the jurisdiction of the father.
Interstate custody arrangements should only be made if a father and a mother live in two separate states. Almost all states in the United States have enacted what is called the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act which mean that the courts will have the jurisdiction over the child. If you live in a state which does not have such an act the courts will consider the full faith, parental freedom, parental jurisdiction etc. If you want to make an interstate custody arrangement then you need to file paperwork with the courts and you will have to let the court know how you feel.
There are two main reasons that unmarried parents wish to make interstate custody arrangements. The first reason that most parents wish to do this is when one of the parents is abusive and the other parent fears for their safety. In these cases the court will want to protect the child by making an interstate custody agreement. The other reason that most parents wish to do this is when they want to change their child custody order from one parent to another.
When you are considering interstate custody arrangements you should also consider the benefits and disadvantages that exist. One of the major benefits that exist is the fact that you can move across state lines when you get a child custody judgment. This means that if you are living in California and get a child custody judgment in Texas then you can move to Arizona and live with your former husband/wife. This can be a very appealing option if one parent is abusive and the other parent fears for their safety.
There are some disadvantages to interstate custody arrangements. One disadvantage is that if one parent has a criminal record and is living in separate states the parent may be removed from their home if the other parent is charged with a crime in one state but lives in separate states. The police in one state can pick up the children and bring them to the location where the crime was committed. In these situations it may be necessary for the children to spend extended time in one parent’s home. It is not uncommon for the judge to issue a child custody order that includes a stay away order.
Another possible disadvantage to an interstate custody arrangement is that children do not have the same opportunity to spend quality time with both parents. Children in many cases do better when they spend time with both their natural parents and new caregivers. If one of the parents is in jail for example and cannot visit the children, then they are in a situation where they are constantly going back and forth between two homes. Sometimes this can create a sense of neglect in the child and they can become fearful.
Interstate arrangements can also create problems with child support enforcement. Many states have what are called “jurisdictional issues” which prevent them from enforcing certain laws or child support enforcement requirements with respect to interstate jurisdiction. States that have more than one county usually have more complex jurisdictional issues than those with a smaller number of counties. If a child custody enforcement problem arises with an interstate custody arrangement, then it can often be quite difficult for the court to determine which jurisdiction is responsible for the problem.
Child custody enforcement problems can be complex and the best thing for you if you are considering an interstate custody arrangements is to seek out legal advice from an experienced family law attorney. The important thing is that you take the time to understand what your jurisdiction is and make sure that you work with a lawyer who has experience working with parents who live in different states and different children. One last thing that you should keep in mind is that you do need to hire a good lawyer, even if your spouse lives in another state. There are special rules that apply to child support enforcement when one parent is living in another state. This means that you will need someone who knows all about the different laws that will be affecting your situation and so that they can represent you and your children in a way that is in their best interest and for your benefit as well.