As a child custody lawyers in Utah we understand how important your children are to you. So what happens if you have moved to Utah from another state and want to enforce the child custody determination made in another state? In Utah there is a duty to enforce the child custody determination made in another state. This power comes from Utah Code Annotated 78B-13-303;
78B-13-303. Duty to enforce.
(1) A court of this state shall recognize and enforce a child custody determination of a court of another state if the latter court exercised jurisdiction that was in substantial conformity with this chapter or the determination was made under factual circumstances meeting the jurisdictional standards of this chapter and the determination has not been modified in accordance with this chapter.
(2) A court may utilize any remedy available under other law of this state to enforce a child custody determination made by a court of another state. The procedure provided by this part does not affect the availability of other remedies to enforce a child custody determination.
This is the statute that tells commissioners in Utah how to handle or enforce the custody determination of another state. You will also need to register the divorce decree or child custody determination in the state of Utah so that any future violations can be enforced in the Courts in Utah. Also, this statute can be used to enforce of an order to return a child under the Hague convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
As always we offer a free consultation to explore your rights and to give you a road map on how you should handle your case. Give us a call today to talk to one of our divorce lawyers at (801) 475-0123.