Multi-State Jurisdictional Issues

Multi-State Jurisdictional Issues

Matters covered under family law, such as divorce, child custody, etc., can be complicated, even when both parties were married and lived in the Jacksonville area, or in the state of Florida. These matters can become even more complex when the parties involved live in different counties, different states, or different countries.

It's crucial to know exactly how to handle a family law matter involving the laws in several states and face the risk having your petitions dismissed due to a failure to understand the jurisdictional issues. This won't happen when you consult with my firm, Charles E. Willmott, P.A. I know the complex issues and how to handle them properly, helping your divorce, custody or other legal matter get resolved as quickly as is possible.

There are many things to consider when you are trying to obtain a divorce and you and your spouse live in different states. These include considerations regarding travel, accommodations, and level of convenience for any witnesses who may be required to testify, or any expert witnesses who are called in. Additionally, judges have different styles and viewpoints, so which location you choose could have a very important bearing on the final outcome due to a particular judge, or specific state laws. For example, same-sex marriage is not legal in every state. This can create problems for couples seeking a divorce or other family law matters to resolve.

Simplifying Multi-State Jurisdictional Family Law Issues

Another common issue that could have multi-jurisdictional issues is matters surrounding the custody of minor children. Custody and visitation may have been determined initially when both parents and the children lived in the same state. Custody issues can change, however, when one spouse moves to another state with the minor children. Jurisdiction will need to be transferred to the current state if they live there for six months or more.

It's critical to enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney to help with multi-state jurisdictional issues. These matters require a full understanding of the laws in both states, and how to manage the process for the benefit of the client. My firm is dedicated to assisting clients to pursue positive outcomes with any family law issue, while zealously protecting their rights.

Contact my firm as soon as possible for more information.

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