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What is the Uniform Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)?

The UCCJEA (Uniform Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act) is an act that provides us with laws that among other things, dictate what state court should properly exercise subject matter jurisdiction over the issues of custody in your divorce (or paternity action, if applicable). The home state of the child is always applicable. When the family has stayed in Florida, obviously the home state is Florida. In a scenario where a child is living out of state, the Court must determine the proper home state of the child. The UCCJEA which appears in Florida Statutes Chapter 61 Part II, provides that the home state (Florida Statutes Section 61.503(7)) is the place where the child has lived with a parent or person acting as a parent for six (6) consecutive months "immediately before the commencement of a child custody proceeding."