Location, Location, Location!

Why does location matter?

Jurisdiction in a family law case dictates what you are able to accomplish along with your divorce or separation. Granting a divorce is only a change in status, if you want to be able to enforce spousal maintenance or any other order from the court, the court you file in must have jurisdiction over your soon to be ex.

Does this matter for my children? Yes, in order for a court to enforce orders regarding a child the court must have jurisdiction over that child as well. Typically the last place your child resided for the last 6 months consecutively will dictate where proper jurisdiction is.

Location can be key in deciding many cases, especially in situations where spouses reside in different states. Meeting with an Attorney can clear up or make you aware of any jurisdiction issues that could arise during the course of your divorce, separation or child custody case.