Wisconsin, like most states, has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Basically, the UCCJEA prevents parents from moving to a different state and starting a new custody action if a custody order already exists in another state. Wisconsin will enforce an order granted in another state, therefore the previous order must be brought to the court’s attention. If a motion to change custody or placement has been filed in Wisconsin, then a parent is required to notify the court of any previous order. If you are the parent who has an order and then you move to Wisconsin you should register the order in Wisconsin. Wisconsin courts and law enforcement will then enforce it. Registration is a simple process but the procedure must be followed carefully to ensure enforceability. The UCCJEA is a complicated and poorly understood law so it is best to work with experienced family lawyer, even if you believe the other parent will not object to the registration.
I have been representing families in divorce for almost 30 years. I would be glad to discuss your concerns with a no cost, no obligation consultation. Should you be in the need of a divorce attorney whether for divorce or post-divorce matters please contact Attorney Mark L. Krueger in the Baraboo area at (608) 356-3961, Madison area at (608) 824-9540 or Statewide at (866) 455-2993. Please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website at https://khtlawyers.com. Remember, at Krueger Hernandez & Thompson SC we listen, we care, we get results!