• How to Register an Out-of-State Custody Order in California

How to Register an Out-of-State Custody Order

You should register an out-of-state custody order in California as soon as possible. There are several reasons to register an out-of-state custody order. Sometimes you need to register an out-of-state custody order when a parent has filed a custody action outside of California. Additionally, a parent may need to register an out-of-state custody order if they have moved to California after obtaining an order in another state. Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to register an out-of-state custody order in California. We can help you prepare the legal forms you need to register your order.

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Why You Should Register Out-of-State Custody Order in California

First and foremost, registering an out-of-state custody order in California allows the California court to enforce a custody order made by a court in another state. Upon registering the custody order, you can file an action in a California court to enforce the order there. In other words, if the other parent violates the order, the California court can take action to help you enforce the out-of-state custody order.

Process to Register an Out-of-State Custody Order

The process to register an out-of-state custody order in California is fairly straightforward. First, you must complete several California legal forms. Second, you must provide the other parent with notice. Third, you must file a certified copy of the out-of-state custody order with the California court. In order to register an out-of-state custody order, you must complete and file several documents with the court:

  1. Registration of Out-of-State Custody Order, Form FL-580
  2. Declaration Under UCCJEA, Form FL-105

In addition, the court needs a certified copy of the child custody order from the other state. Contact the court clerk to get a certified copy of the out-of-state order.  A statement under the penalty of perjury is required that confirms the out-of-state order has not been changed or modified.

Lastly, once you register an out-of-state custody order, the court will send notice of the registration to the other parent. Keep in mind, this notice will also include information about the other parent’s right to contest the registration. Furthermore, the other parent can ask the court to set a hearing by filing a request within twenty days after being served.

Challenging an Out-of-State Custody Order in California

If the other parent wants to challenge the registration of the out-of-state custody order, they will have to prove several things.

  1. The out-of-state court did not have the authority to make the order in the first place (lacked jurisdiction);
  2. The order was changed or dismissed.
  3. They did not receive proper notice regarding the out-of-state hearing.

Contact us for more information about how to register an out-of-state custody order in California. Keep in mind, our experienced staff has over 37 years of experience with the out-of-state child custody order registration process. We can also help you get a certified copy of the original out-of-state custody order.  Remember, you do not need to hire an attorney to register your out-of-state custody order in California . You can save yourself time and money by working with an experienced legal document preparer such as A People’s Choice. Contact A People’s Choice at 800-747-2780 to start today.

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About the Author:

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

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