The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act was created to provide information to courts in matters concerning children to determine if the court has appropriate jurisdiction in the case. In any Florida family law case (including issues of dissolution of marriage, paternity, guardianship, custody, child support, separate maintenance, visitation, timesharing, dependency, and child neglect) each party is required to file and serve a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit certifying information relating to the parties and the child or children involved. This affidavit includes information about each child’s name, residence at birth, date of birth, sex, present address, and residences for the past 5 years. The parties must also disclose with whom the child has lived with during the past 5 years.
Because this is an affidavit, it must be sworn to or affirmed under oath with a certification that the statements made are accurate and truthful and must be signed before a Notary Public. The punishment for knowingly making a false statement can include fines and/or imprisonment. After this affidavit is filed and has been reviewed, the court makes note of it in the case file. On child support court records, an annotation of “Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Act” is an affirmation that the affidavit has been reviewed and the residency requirement met to place the case in the court’s jurisdiction.
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