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Inconvenient Forum Cases In Fairfax – Virginia Lawyers

Inconvenient Forum Cases In Fairfax Virginia

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FAIRFAX VIRGINIA LAWYERS – UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT STATUTES

Va. Code Ann. §20-146.18

§ 20-146.18. Inconvenient forum.

A. A court of this Commonwealth that has jurisdiction under this act to make a child custody determination may decline to exercise its jurisdiction at any time if it determines that it is an inconvenient forum under the circumstances and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum. The issue of inconvenient forum may be raised upon the motion of a party, the court’s own motion, or request of another court.

B. Before determining whether it is an inconvenient forum, a court of this Commonwealth shall consider whether it is appropriate for a court of another state to exercise jurisdiction. For this purpose, the court shall allow the parties to present evidence and shall consider all relevant factors, including:

Whether domestic violence has occurred and is likely to continue in the future and which state could best protect the parties and the child;

    1. The length of time the child has resided outside this Commonwealth;
    2. The distance between the court in this Commonwealth and the court in the state that would assume jurisdiction;
    3. The relative financial circumstances of the parties;
    4. Any agreement of the parties as to which state should assume jurisdiction;
    5. The nature and location of the evidence required to resolve the pending litigation, including testimony of the child;
    6. The ability of the court of each state to decide the issue expeditiously and the procedures necessary to present the evidence; and
    7. The familiarity of the court of each state with the facts and issues in the pending litigation.

C. If a court of this Commonwealth determines that it is an inconvenient forum and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum, it shall stay the proceedings upon condition that a child custody proceeding be promptly commenced in another designated state and may impose any other condition the court considers just and proper.

D. A court of this Commonwealth may decline to exercise its jurisdiction under this act if a child custody determination is incidental to an action for divorce or another proceeding while still retaining jurisdiction over the divorce or other proceeding.

FAIRFAX VIRGINIA LAWYERS – INCONVENIENT FORUM

Virginia Statute

Jurisdiction

Va. Code Ann. §20-146.18(A)Inconvenient forum A court of this Commonwealth that has jurisdiction under this act

  1. To make a child custody determination may decline to exercise its jurisdiction at any time if it determines that it is an inconvenient forum under the circumstances and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum.
  2. The issue of inconvenient forum may be raised upon the motion of a party, the court’s own motion, or request of another court.

 

Va. Code Ann. §20-146.18(B)Inconvenient forum Before determining whether it is an inconvenient forum, a court of this Commonwealth shall consider whether it is appropriate for a court of another state to exercise jurisdiction. For this purpose, the court shall allow the parties to present evidence and shall consider all relevant factors, including:

  1. Whether domestic violence has occurred and is likely to continue in the future and which state could best protect the parties and the child;
  2. The length of time the child has resided outside this Commonwealth;
  3. The distance between the court in this Commonwealth and the court in the state that would assume jurisdiction;
  4. The relative financial circumstances of the parties;
  5. Any agreement of the parties as to which state should assume jurisdiction;
  6. The nature and location of the evidence required to resolve the pending litigation, including testimony of the child;
  7. The ability of the court of each state to decide the issue expeditiously and the procedures necessary to present the evidence; and
  8. The familiarity of the court of each state with the facts and issues in the pending litigation.

 

Va. Code Ann. §20-146.18(C) If a court of this Commonwealth determines that it is an inconvenient forum and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum, it shall stay the proceedings upon condition that a child custody proceeding be promptly commenced in another designated state and may impose any other condition the court considers just and proper.
Va. Code Ann. §20-146.18(D) A court of this Commonwealth may decline to exercise its jurisdiction under this act if a child custody determination is incidental to an action for divorce or another proceeding while still retaining jurisdiction over the divorce or other proceeding.

Inconvenient Forum Cases In Fairfax Virginia

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