My Child and Their Other Parent Live in a Different State, Where Should I File for Child Custody?
Yesterday I received a question from a father who currently lives in a different state than his child and the child’s mother, but wanted to file for child custody. He wanted to know which state would be the best place for him to file.
Though child custody laws may differ state to state, the answer to this question is simple: you must file for child custody in the child’s state of residence. Residence is generally determined as the state where the child has lived for at least the last six consecutive months. Once residency is established, you may begin filing your custody complaint and moving through the custody proceedings as they apply in the child’s resident state.
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