Home-State Jurisdiction [Family Law] Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) give a child’s home state jurisdiction over custody matters. Home state jurisdiction refers to jurisdiction based on the child having been a resident of the state for at least six consecutive months immediately before the commencement of the suit. This becomes relevant in interstate child-custody disputes. The purpose of UCCJEA is to have a uniform approach to child custody and visitation among states.