A significant piece of legislation, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, introduced for the second time in 1978, has been held over for consideration by the 1979 General Assembly. Passed by the Senate in 1977, the bill implementing the Act was killed in the House that year because, according to the bill's patron, Senator Joseph V. Gartlan, Jr., the short session in 1977 failed to provide sufficient time for House members to study the legislation. But Senator Gartlan is optimistic about the bill's chances in 1979 and this Comment proposes not only to explicate the major provisions of the Act but also to urge its swift passage. Designed to protect the interests of children caught in the tragic web of feuding relatives and endless custody litigation, the Act is the sine qua non insuring that custody determinations no longer will be circumscribed by the barbaric notion that "to the possessor belong the spoils."
Emily M. Trapnell,
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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