Determination as to whether New Jersey court had jurisdiction over child custody suit was not whether statutory prerequisites for jurisdiction under Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) were substantially complied with; rather, New Jersey court had jurisdiction over biological father’s child custody case “substantially in accordance with” UCCJEA if it had jurisdiction of same type as North Carolina had. New Jersey where biological father had initiated action for custody and petition for adoption by mother’s husband was pending, and not North Carolina, had jurisdiction over child custody proceeding, where New Jersey had not ceded its jurisdiction to North Carolina.
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