Ruff v. Knickerbocker: A Washington superior court assumed jurisdiction of an interstate custody dispute after a Montana district court had heard it.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
Father could not consent to Washington courts having jurisdiction over child custody dispute under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA); there was no language in the UCCJEA that allowed the parties to waive the jurisdiction of one state in favor of another by their conduct or their agreement [citing UCCJEA ‘ 201 cmt., 9 pt. IA U.L.A. at 673].
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her Web site.