Interstate Custody Disputes

The court that originally granted your child custody order usually maintains power of jurisdiction over changes to that order. If you or your former partner wants to move out of Arizona to another state, it is best to discuss the legal ramifications with an experienced attorney. Additionally, if you are involved in a child custody dispute or need to modify the order, it is important you know which court has jurisdiction over your case.

If you went through a divorce or legal separation and now are working through interstate custody and visitation issues, the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and the best interests of children in interstate custody disputes. Our team of experienced attorneys uses an in-depth knowledge of the law and zealous legal advocacy to help achieve a favorable outcome.

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement act

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was created to guide states in modifying and enforcing interstate custody arrangements, and to deter parental kidnapping. It requires that states enforce child custody orders set forth by another court. It also establishes procedures for dealing with interstate custody disputes.

Our Phoenix interstate custody dispute attorneys have a thorough understanding of the UCCJEA. Recognizing that each case is unique, we will carefully evaluate your situation and explain how the act applies to your case. We have the experience to successfully handle these matters.

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Interstate Custody Dispute

Understanding interstate custody issues can be difficult. It is best to talk with an experienced lawyer about your situation. Talk with family law attorney Karen Schoenau, by calling us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437. You can also contact us online.

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Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
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Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna