Authors' Note: The Legal Resource Center is supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K021 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence Under the UCCJEA
Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2010
© 2010 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Special Issue: Family Violence
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 1–15, Fall 2010
How to Cite
Goelman, D. and Mitchell, D. (2010), Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence Under the UCCJEA. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 61: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2010.01052.x
Names used in this article have been changed to protect safety and confidentiality.
Deborah Goelman and Darren Mitchell are Co-Executive Directors of the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Inc., a non-profit organization in Takoma Park, Maryland, which works to improve legal representation for domestic violence survivors in inter-jurisdictional custody cases. Ms. Goelman and Mr. Mitchell have written several articles on interstate custody and domestic violence and have worked with survivors for more than 30 years combined.
- Issue online: 25 NOV 2010
- Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2010
Domestic violence survivors often flee across state lines with their children to escape abuse and to seek the support of their friends and family. Judges hearing the subsequent interstate custody cases will need to consider several federal and state laws governing jurisdictional and related issues, including the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (the “UCCJEA”). This article provides an overview of the UCCJEA and related laws and addresses such questions as when a court has jurisdiction to enter or modify a custody order, and how judges can use the laws to protect survivors and their children from further abuse.