Question: Can I direct the court to perform a DNA test on a child in a different state?


Under these facts this case should be brought in Texas. The UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act) requires that any litigation regarding the custody of children be brought in the children’s home state. This is defined as where the children have lived for 6 months immediately before the filing of the action. 49 of the 50 states have adopted this Act (Massachusetts is the only state which still has the predecessor version of this Act.)

Attorney Erin E. Morse

Question: I got served custody papers from my ex 4 days ago. What do I need to do now? I live in Miami Dade and he lives in Orange County


Depending on some additional facts you may have the ability to ask the court to move the case to the county where you and the minor child live. This is relevant if the child lives with you as well. You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible if there are concerns over the safety of the child. Be mindful of the date in which you must respond to the paperwork, as this is very important for you to address so that there are no adverse consequences. Make sure you address all of the allegations appropriately. As always, this answer does not constitute an attorney-client relationship, and ensuring you have competent counsel is very important for your case and protecting your child.

Attorney Erin E. Morse

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