Utah Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
Sometimes a parent relocates with a child out of state before a custody determination has been made by any State Court. Sometimes both parents file a custody action in competing State Courts. When either of these events occur, only one State Court can have jurisdiction to make a custody determination. UUCCJEA Code 78B-13-201
Relocation After Divorce
Generally, the court(s) will consider where the home state of the child has been for the six months prior to the court’s initial determination of custody. Once a State Court makes a custody determination, it generally maintains exclusive jurisdiction over the case unless the parties or the child no longer reside in the State. A State Court having jurisdiction may decline jurisdiction because it is inconvenient to the parties or the child to litigate the case there.