subch. I of ch. 822 SUBCHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
822.01 822.01 Short title; purposes; construction of provisions.
822.01(1)(1) This chapter may be cited as the "Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act."
822.01(2) (2) The general purposes of this chapter are to do all of the following:
822.01(2)(a) (a) Avoid jurisdictional competition and conflict with courts of other states in matters of child custody that have in the past resulted in the shifting of children from state to state with harmful effects on their well-being.
822.01(2)(b) (b) Promote cooperation with the courts of other states to the end that a custody decree is rendered in the state that can best decide the case in the interest of the child.
822.01(2)(c) (c) Discourage the use of the interstate system for continuing controversies over child custody.
822.01(2)(d) (d) Deter abductions of children.
822.01(2)(e) (e) Avoid relitigation in this state of custody decisions of other states.
822.01(2)(f) (f) Facilitate the enforcement of custody decrees of other states.
822.01 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.02 822.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
822.02(1) (1) "Abandoned" means left without provision for reasonable and necessary care or supervision.
822.02(2) (2) "Child" means an individual who has not attained 18 years of age.
822.02(3) (3) "Child custody determination" means a judgment, decree, or other order of a court providing for legal custody, physical custody, or visitation with respect to a child. The term includes a permanent, temporary, initial, and modification order. The term does not include an order relating to child support or other monetary obligation of an individual.
822.02(4) (4) "Child custody proceeding" means a proceeding in which legal custody, physical custody, or visitation with respect to a child is an issue. The term includes a proceeding for divorce, legal separation, neglect, abuse, dependency, guardianship, paternity, termination of parental rights, and protection from domestic violence, in which the issue may appear. "Child custody proceeding" does not include a proceeding involving juvenile delinquency, contractual emancipation, or enforcement under subch. III.
822.02(5) (5) "Commencement" means the filing of the first pleading in a proceeding, provided that service is completed in accordance with the applicable provisions of ch. 801.
822.02(6) (6) "Court" means an entity authorized under the law of a state to establish, enforce, or modify a child custody determination.
822.02(7) (7) "Home state" means the state in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as a parent for at least 6 consecutive months immediately before the commencement of a child custody proceeding. In the case of a child less than 6 months of age, the term means the state in which the child lived from birth with any of the persons mentioned in this subsection. A period of temporary absence of any of the persons mentioned in this subsection is part of the period.
822.02(8) (8) "Initial determination" means the first child custody determination concerning a particular child.
822.02(9) (9) "Issuing court" means the court that makes a child custody determination for which enforcement is sought under this chapter.
822.02(10) (10) "Issuing state" means the state in which a child custody determination is made.
822.02(11) (11) "Modification" means a child custody determination that changes, replaces, supersedes, or is otherwise made after a previous determination concerning the same child, whether or not it is made by the court that made the previous determination.
822.02(12) (12) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, or government; governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation; or any other legal or commercial entity.
822.02(13) (13) "Person acting as a parent" means a person, other than a parent, to whom all of the following apply:
822.02(13)(a) (a) He or she has physical custody of the child or has had physical custody for a period of 6 consecutive months, including any temporary absence, within one year immediately before the commencement of a child custody proceeding.
822.02(13)(b) (b) He or she has been awarded legal custody by a court or claims a right to legal custody under the law of this state.
822.02(14) (14) "Physical custody" means the physical care and supervision of a child and, unless the context otherwise requires, includes physical placement.
822.02(14c) (14c) "Physical placement" has the meaning given in s. 767.001 (5).
822.02(15) (15) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
822.02(16) (16) "Tribe" means an American Indian tribe or band, or Alaskan Native village, that is recognized by federal law or formally acknowledged by a state.
822.02(17) (17) "Warrant" means an order issued by a court authorizing law enforcement officers to take physical custody of a child.
822.02 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.02 Annotation A grandparent who had physical custody of a child for a period of six consecutive months within one year of the commencement of the proceedings, but had never been awarded legal custody and did not claim a right to legal custody, no longer cared for the child, and had no plans to resume caring for the child was not a "person acting as a parent" under sub. (13). Stephen R. v. Ilana C. 2011 WI App 13, 331 Wis. 2d 108, 794 N.W.2d 533, 10-0363.
822.03 822.03 Proceedings governed by other law. This chapter does not govern a proceeding pertaining to the authorization of emergency medical care for a child.
822.03 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.04 822.04 Application to Indian tribes.
822.04(1) (1) A child custody proceeding that pertains to an Indian child as defined in the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 USC 1901 et seq., is not subject to this chapter to the extent that it is governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act.
822.04(2) (2) A court of this state shall treat a tribe as if it were a state for the purpose of applying subchs. I and II.
822.04(3) (3) A child custody determination made by a tribe under factual circumstances in substantial conformity with the jurisdictional standards of this chapter shall be recognized and enforced under subch. III.
822.04 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.05 822.05 International application.
822.05(1) (1) A court of this state shall treat a foreign country as if it were a state for the purpose of applying this subchapter and subch. II.
822.05(2) (2) Except as provided in sub. (3), a child custody determination made in a foreign country under factual circumstances in substantial conformity with the jurisdictional standards of this chapter shall be recognized and enforced under subch. III.
822.05(3) (3) A court of this state need not apply this chapter if the child custody law of a foreign country violates fundamental principles of human rights.
822.05 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.06 822.06 Effect of child custody determination. A child custody determination made by a court of this state that had jurisdiction under this chapter binds all persons who have been served in accordance with the laws of this state or notified in accordance with s. 822.08 or who have submitted to the jurisdiction of the court, and who have been given an opportunity to be heard. As to those persons, the determination is conclusive as to all decided issues of law and fact except to the extent that the determination is modified.
822.06 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.07 822.07 Priority. If a question of existence or exercise of jurisdiction under this chapter is raised in a child custody proceeding, the question, upon request of a party, shall be given priority on the calendar and handled expeditiously.
822.07 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.08 822.08 Notice to persons outside state.
822.08(1) (1) Notice required for the exercise of jurisdiction when a person is outside this state may be given in a manner prescribed by the law of this state for service of process or by the law of the state in which the service is made. Notice shall be given in a manner reasonably calculated to give actual notice but may be by publication if other means are not effective.
822.08(2) (2) Proof of service may be made in the manner prescribed by law of this state or by the law of the state in which the service is made.
822.08(3) (3) Notice is not required for the exercise of jurisdiction with respect to a person who submits to the jurisdiction of the court.
822.08 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.08 Annotation Traditional personal jurisdiction is not required in child custody proceedings. Child custody proceedings under ch. 822 are valid even in the absence of minimum contacts over an out-of-state parent. Section 801.05 (11) provides sufficient due process protection to out-of-state parents based on notice and an opportunity to be heard. Tammie J. C. v. Robert T. R. 2003 WI 61, 262 Wis. 2d 217, 663 N.W.2d 734, 01-2787.
822.08 Note NOTE: The above annotation cites to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, the predecessor statute to the current Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.
822.09 822.09 Appearance and limited immunity.
822.09(1) (1) A party to a child custody proceeding, including a modification proceeding, or a petitioner or respondent in a proceeding to enforce or register a child custody determination, is not subject to personal jurisdiction in this state for another proceeding or purpose solely by reason of having participated, or of having been physically present for the purpose of participating, in the proceeding.
822.09(2) (2) A person who is subject to personal jurisdiction in this state on a basis other than physical presence is not immune from service of process in this state. A party present in this state who is subject to the jurisdiction of another state is not immune from service of process allowable under the laws of that state.
822.09(3) (3) The immunity granted by sub. (1) does not extend to civil litigation based on acts unrelated to the participation in a proceeding under this chapter committed by an individual while present in this state.
822.09 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.10 822.10 Communication between courts.
822.10(1) (1) In this section, "record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
822.10(2) (2) A court of this state may communicate with a court in another state concerning a proceeding arising under this chapter.
822.10(3) (3) The court may allow the parties to participate in the communication. If the parties are not able to participate in the communication, they shall be given the opportunity to present facts and legal arguments before a decision on jurisdiction is made.
822.10(4) (4) Communication between courts on schedules, calendars, court records, and similar matters may occur without informing the parties. A record need not be made of the communication.
822.10(5) (5) Except as provided in sub. (4), a record shall be made of a communication under this section. The parties shall be informed promptly of the communication and granted access to the record.
822.10 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.11 822.11 Taking testimony in another state.
822.11(1) (1) In addition to other procedures available to a party, a party to a child custody proceeding may offer testimony of witnesses who are located in another state, including testimony of the parties and the child, by deposition or other means allowable in this state for testimony taken in another state. The court on its own motion may order that the testimony of a person be taken in another state and may prescribe the manner in which and the terms upon which the testimony is taken.
822.11(2) (2) A court of this state may permit an individual residing in another state to be deposed or to testify by telephone, audiovisual means, or other electronic means before a designated court or at another location in that state. A court of this state shall cooperate with courts of other states in designating an appropriate location for the deposition or testimony.
822.11(3) (3) Documentary evidence transmitted from another state to a court of this state by technological means that do not produce an original writing may not be excluded from evidence on an objection based on the means of transmission.
822.11 History History: 2005 a. 130.
822.12 822.12 Cooperation between courts; preservation of records.
822.12(1)(1) A court of this state may request the appropriate court of another state to do any of the following:
822.12(1)(a) (a) Hold an evidentiary hearing.
822.12(1)(b) (b) Order a person to produce or give evidence under procedures of that state.
822.12(1)(c) (c) Order that an evaluation be made with respect to the custody of a child involved in a pending proceeding.
822.12(1)(d) (d) Forward to the court of this state a certified copy of the transcript of the record of the hearing, the evidence otherwise presented, and any evaluation prepared in compliance with the request.
822.12(1)(e) (e) Order a party to a child custody proceeding or any person having physical custody of the child to appear in the proceeding with or without the child.
822.12(2) (2) Upon request of a court of another state, a court of this state may hold a hearing or enter an order described in sub. (1).
822.12(3) (3) Travel and other necessary and reasonable expenses incurred under subs. (1) and (2) may be assessed against the parties according to the law of this state.
822.12(4) (4) A court of this state shall preserve the pleadings, orders, decrees, records of hearings, evaluations, and other pertinent records with respect to a child custody proceeding until the child attains 18 years of age. Upon appropriate request by a court or law enforcement official of another state, the court shall forward a certified copy of those records.
822.12 History History: 2005 a. 130.
subch. II of ch. 822 SUBCHAPTER II
JURISDICTION
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)