I recently moved from Florida to Washington and gave birth to a child last month in WA. I'm currently visiting family in FL and the baby's father had me served with a Petition to establish Paternity and for equal time sharing. I know that FL has jurisdiction over the Father and I in regards to paternity and child support, but doesn't WA have jurisdiction over child custody since it is the baby's home state? He wants 50% physical custody and shared parental responsibility, but that's impossible since we live in different states and the baby is only a month old. What will happen in the Florida courts? Can I file motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction over the baby and custody matters? Thank you.The UCCJEA vests "exclusive [and] continuing jurisdiction" for child custody litigation in the courts of the child's "home state," which is defined as the state where the child has lived with a parent for six consecutive months prior to the commencement of the proceeding (or since birth for children younger than six months). Since the baby is under six months her home state is WA.
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