Vacuum Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Vacuum jurisdiction is one of the four types of custody jurisdiction provided by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act do not decide custody matters, but only what state has jurisdiction. Vacuum jurisdiction is applicable only in rare circumstances as last resort. It applies to a child who has never resided in any particular state long term. For example, offspring of homeless persons or migrant or traveling workers. Jurisdiction would fall to any state in which the parent chooses to file. Vacuum jurisdiction is also known as ‘no other state jurisdiction.’