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What is the Full faith and Credit Clause?

The Full Faith and Credit Clause is a clause in the first section of the Federal Constitution which requires judges to recognize and enforce valid decrees and judgments from other state's courts. Full Faith and Credit is typically used to enforce marriage/divorce certificates, child custody rulings, restraining orders, money judgments and criminal convictions.

Are There Situations In Which Full Faith and Credit Would Not Be Enforced?

The purpose of the Full Faith and Credit Clause is ensure that laws in the United States are applied consistently and equally across the country. Full Faith and Credit does not apply to laws or rulings which were overturned, either by the institution which originally gave the decree, or by an intuition with higher authority (such as a court of appeals).

In practice, Full Faith and Credit is usually honored unless the decree clashes with a public policy of the state resisting enforcement.

How Does the Full Faith and Credit Clause Impact Child Custody?

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, which requires states to recognize and enforce custody decisions made in other states.  This means that a custody ruling in one state must be followed in every state in the United States.

Which State has Jurisdiction over my Child Custody Case?

Determining which state has the power to make custody rulings for your child can be difficult.  Interstate jurisdiction can depend on where you reside, where your child resides, and where other members of your child's family reside.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Child Custody Case?

If you are seeking to establish or modify custody over your child, it may be wise to consult with a family lawyer to discuss your options.  Working with an experienced family lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you deal with the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 04-11-2012 12:00 PM PDT

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