In today’s always-on, always-connected society, families are making bigger, more frequent moves for a variety of reasons. The logistics involved are never simple, but adding family law issues like a divorce or child custody agreements across state lines can bring even greater complexity. St. Paul-based family law attorney Allison Maxim is extremely well-versed in all of the laws, processes and procedures necessary to assist your family with managing interstate family law matters of all types.
Interstate Family Lawyer
Jurisdiction, legal interpretation and enforcement issues arise when individuals relocate to another state.
The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) requires states to respect each other’s child custody orders. However, determining which state has jurisdiction to hear a family law dispute requires a great understanding of interstate law. At Maxim Law, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect clients’ property and parenting rights throughout the country.
Working through a divorce of any kind is a stressful and complicated situation for any family. When dealing with laws in two separate states, it’s time to call in an expert. Procedures surrounding interstate divorce require deep knowledge of each state’s court rules, laws, and the unique situation of the couple.
Both parties must have properly been served notice of the pending divorce petition, and certain issues such as child support and custody, spousal support, and disposition of property also come into play when sorting out where divorce proceedings must take place. Minnesota requires that at least one of the parties to the divorce has resided there for at least 180 days (6 months) or that he/she is domiciled in Minnesota. “Residence” and “domicile” have legal definitions that are crucial to understand for someone who wants to move forward with a divorce in Minnesota.
Working with Allison Maxim ensures all details of your case will be considered, and handled in accordance with the law, and in an effort to create the best possible outcome from your interstate divorce.
Children deserve financial support from both parents. If one parent is located outside of the state in which the children live, then there may be problems establishing child support. At Maxim Law we understand the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) and how jurisdictional issues in child support may affect your case.
Even when child support orders are issued, enforcing those orders across state lines can be difficult. The right course of action to take will vary from state to state; family to family. In some cases, a new hearing will be necessary. Custodial parents can help make these complex, and oftentimes long-lasting issues operate more efficiently by staying in touch with local child support agencies and providing all pertinent information about the obligor parent.
Enforcing Child Support Orders Throughout the United States
Enforcing interstate child support payments can be difficult. While the Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act (FFCCSOA), the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (UEFJA) and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) require states to respect and enforce court orders made in other states with proper jurisdiction, jurisdictional issues may still arise.
At Maxim Law, we help clients obtain child support orders, collect child support from other states and get the support they need to raise their children.
Located in St. Paul, Maxim Law represents clients in the state of Minnesota, throughout the United States, and around the globe.
Whether for reasons of employment, family, or simple preference, many relationships contain interstate components. Recent immigrants to the U.S., foreign nationals, and lifelong U.S. citizens may choose to live in any one of our country’s states. When minor children are involved, issues regarding child custody and visitation quickly become complicated and contentious. At Maxim Law, we help parents throughout the country obtain and enforce child custody orders that protect their parent-child bonds.
Based in St. Paul, Maxim Law represents clients throughout Minnesota, the United States and the globe.
St. Paul Interstate Custody Jurisdiction Dispute
When parents live in different states, complex jurisdictional issues arise.
Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), states are required to honor existing child custody orders made by other state courts with proper jurisdiction. However, determining which state has proper jurisdiction to issue child custody orders can be a complicated process.
At Maxim Law, we help parents obtain valid and enforceable interstate child custody orders that protect their children and preserve parent-child bonds. We also help parents enforce their visitation orders throughout the U.S.
Many individuals live in multiple states and countries throughout their lifetime. Individuals may relocate for any number of reasons, including career opportunities or family responsibilities. When parents relocate to another state or country, child custody and support issues must be modified and parent-child relationships protected.At Maxim Law, we help parents craft agreements with an eye on preventing their children from being abducted to another state or foreign country. Attorney Allison Maxim also helps relocating parents lawfully obtain the permission they need to move away with their children.Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Law represents clients locally in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, as well as throughout the United States and around the globe.
Hague Convention Lawyer: Assisting With International And Interstate Relocation
When one parent decides to relocate to another state or country with his or her children, the entire family unit is affected. The logistics of coordinating parenting time become more complex and costly, and the move can result in the breakdown of parent-child relationships. In addition, if the parent is moving to a foreign country, the laws of that country may result in the non-relocating parent being denied access to his or her child.
At Maxim Law, we help parents protect their parent-child bonds. Whether you are a parent who wishes to relocate with your child or a parent who seeks to prevent your child from being relocated out of state or to a foreign country, we can help you navigate the complicated legal and practical issues that arise in these situations.
St. Paul International Child Abduction Attorney
If your child’s other parent has removed your child to another country without your agreement, there is hope. At Maxim Law, we help parents prevent the removal of their children to foreign countries and assist parents in obtaining the return of their children by asserting their interests under relevant state and federal law.
In Minnesota, parents must request permission from their child’s other parent or the court before relocating out of the state with their children. If the other parent does not agree to the move, the court will evaluate several factors to determine whether the parent will be allowed to move.
When parents wish to relocate out of the country, additional factors must be evaluated. If the foreign country is not part of the Hague convention, courts may be hesitant to permit a move that may result in the non-relocating parent’s inability to enforce his or her parental rights.
Contact international and interstate relocation lawyer Allison Maxim at 651-294-2407 for a free 30-minute consultation.
Contact Minnesota international and interstate family law attorney Allison Maxim at 651-294-2407 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.
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