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Be prepared: interstate child custody arrangements are complicated

Interstate child custody arrangements are very tricky, and often they come about as a result of a change in life circumstances. Divorced parents will keep living their lives, and those lives can change in an instant. Maybe a new job opportunity arises in a different state. Maybe a medical emergency requires a parent to move far away. Maybe a dramatic change in income means one of the parents must move away.

Whatever the reason, interstate child custody arrangements are a way for both parents to retain that relationship they have with their son or daughter. There are situations where interstate child custody matters are thrust upon a parent, and here, too, it is vital for the parents to be prepared and ready for what is to come.

The first thing to understand about interstate child custody arrangements is that there is a uniform set of rules that all states use when dealing with such situations. There are three conditions that generally determine how interstate child custody action is taken by a state. First is the home state of the child, which will rule on the situation. The second is whether or not the child has significant connections to people in either state involved. The third is if safety precautions exist in the case (i.e. if a parent is abusive).

No matter the specific circumstances with your case, you should be in touch with a family law attorney to ensure that everything with your child custody case is proceeding in a fair and appropriate manner.

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