What is the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)?
Child custody jurisdiction issues in Texas, and any other state for that matter, are governed by the body of law commonly referred to as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. Virtually all states in the U.S. have adopted a version of the UCCJEA. Some states’ version of the UCCJEA is different than that adopted by Texas. Therefore, conflicts sometimes arise between Texas law and the law of another state when both Texas and the other state try to claim jurisdiction over a case.