Nassau county family law attorney, Barton Resnicoff, shares how the UCCJEA has impacted his family law cases in New York.
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One case I was involved in up in Westchester County, where the parties were divorced in Westchester and the wife had moved with her boyfriend, new husband, to the next county over, into Connecticut. My client brought on a proceeding to deal with further custody issues. The mother’s attorney moved to dismiss and to have the issues referred to Connecticut even though it was literally next door. And the judge in that case actually deferred jurisdiction because all the issues involving the child’s best interests – doctors, teachers, and the like – were in Connecticut and not in New York. So the deferred jurisdiction based upon inconvenient forum.