Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
The UCCJEA is some kind of act regarding interstate custody that helps to define the lines of jurisdiction, or where the "home court" will be when parents live in two states. There are other things that it addresses, but it's important to cross our T's and dot our i's when doing all this. I can understand that a detail like a UCCJEA form or formality can be forgotten until the last minute or overlooked completely when an attorney doesn't deal with a lot of interstate custody situations. As mobile as our society has become, I think it's still pretty unusual to deal with parents who live in seperate states and are bringing custody matters to the court. You can get a better idea of what it's about by googling it but most of the information is state-specific and there isn't much to be found regarding the state of Texas and the UCCJEA. I think it's pretty much all interchangeable state to state - that's the whole idea, but the state-specific information is filled with "then what" kind of stuff that applies only to that state. Pennsylvania had a good pdf that I found. Most of it is in pdf form.
So this is the holdup today. A form that has to be completed - a UCCJEA form - that has to be attached to the pleading (motion) that we're wanting to file.
I sent the address information that he asked for yesterday morning via fax within about an hour from speaking with him. I waited all day yesterday for the email and it didn't come. I phoned about four times today - he was always with clients or out of office. I finally just talked to him a few minutes ago - first time today.
Laura: Hi Mr. Attorney - it's Laura.
Mr. Attorney: Oh hi - did you fax that information I asked for yesterday?
Laura: (worried tone) Well yes - you don't have it?? - I faxed it yesterday morning very shortly after speaking to you about it. (really thinking "Of COURSE I sent the fax - you think I'm just sitting around here with my thumb in my [insert appropriate location here] watching soap operas?")
Mr. Attorney: I'm sure it's here - I've been busy with clients and a hearing all day and just got back from the courthouse and was trying to get a bite to eat (munch munch) because I had to skip lunch. I'll get my secretary to fill out the form. Did I get your fax number...or did we say...
Laura: I put my email address on the fax that I sent.
Mr. Attorney: Okay good...
Laura: Do you think you could also email the draft of the motion to me?
Mr. Attorney: .... oh yeah, sure I can do that if you want... but I have to attach the UCCJEA form when it's filed with the court....
Laura: I understand - I'd be so happy if you could email the motion..... so I should be looking for an email from your secretary this afternoon?
Mr. Attorney: Well I don't know what all she's working on right now - she'll get it done this afternoon or tomorrow.
Laura: ... so you think it'll be... Friday for filing?....
Mr. Attorney: Friday at the latest.
Laura: okay, thank you. thank you. that's good, thank you.
I'm knitting. And dyeing yarn. And my husband will be home for supper tonight. These are good distractions for me. I've been watching a little more TV in the evenings lately too. Actually I'm really looking forward to the new season of Lost. Are they having reruns that I need to be checking out? I need to find this out.