Transferring Your Family Case Across State Lines
Every state has their own laws, especially when it comes to family law matters. This can be complicated when families are spread across state lines. Multistate families might run into obstacles after a divorce that make it necessary, or even beneficial, to transfer their family law case to a different state.
If your family is facing legal issues across state lines, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who understands family law in both states. At Kniess Law, LLC, we can represent you no matter which side of the border your case ends up. Our founding attorney, Michelle M. Kniess, is dual-licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and she has vast experience in courtrooms in both states. She also has a thorough understanding of each state’s individual laws and legal culture. From our location in Woodbury, we are accessible to our clients across western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities area.
Approaching A Transfer
Most divorces with children and custody matters depend heavily on the child’s home state. The child’s home state is established after he/she has lived there for at least six months. Generally, the home state has jurisdiction over child custody proceedings.
However, some common reasons families pursue a case transfer include:
- A parent relocating with their child to a different state
- Adjusting a custody arrangement after a relocation
- Modifying or enforcing child or spousal support orders after relocation
- Misconduct in the home state court or by a spouse
Filing a motion to transfer your case may seem easy, but it is only the first step of transferring a case. It can be extremely complex to navigate a case transfer and adjust divorce agreements to a new state’s laws. That is why it is essential to have our knowledgeable attorney on your side. We help you take the time to evaluate your options, and weigh the costs and benefits of transferring your case.
Jurisdictional Issues In A Case Transfer
Jurisdiction is one of the biggest challenges multistate families come up against when transferring a case. Even though the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) sets common guidelines for jurisdiction across the country, these issues can still be exceedingly complex.
At Kniess Law, LLC, we understand jurisdictional issues inside and out. You can trust our firm to guide you through cross-state family issues. It is also our goal to help your family build sustainable solutions to protect your future.