Jurisdiction of child custody matters in Virginia is affected by both the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) as adopted in Virginia and the federally enacted Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980 (PKPA). This article analyzes the jurisdictional requirements under both Acts, discusses the interrelationship between the two and suggests a five step analysis by which a Virginia court may determine its jurisdiction in light of this authority.
Arlin F. Ruby,
Modification of an Out of State Child Custody Decree Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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