CHAPTER 822
UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT
SUBCHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
822.01   Short title; purposes; construction of provisions.
822.02   Definitions.
822.03   Proceedings governed by other law.
822.04   Application to Indian tribes.
822.05   International application.
822.06   Effect of child custody determination.
822.07   Priority.
822.08   Notice to persons outside state.
822.09   Appearance and limited immunity.
822.10   Communication between courts.
822.11   Taking testimony in another state.
822.12   Cooperation between courts; preservation of records.
SUBCHAPTER II
JURISDICTION
822.21   Initial child custody jurisdiction.
822.22   Exclusive, continuing jurisdiction.
822.23   Jurisdiction to modify determination.
822.24   Temporary emergency jurisdiction.
822.25   Notice; opportunity to be heard; joinder.
822.26   Simultaneous proceedings.
822.27   Inconvenient forum.
822.28   Jurisdiction declined by reason of conduct.
822.29   Information to be submitted to court.
822.295   Appearance of parties and child.
SUBCHAPTER III
ENFORCEMENT
822.31   Definitions.
822.32   Enforcement under Hague Convention.
822.33   Duty to enforce.
822.34   Temporary physical placement or visitation.
822.35   Registration of child custody determination.
822.36   Enforcement of registered determination.
822.37   Simultaneous proceedings.
822.38   Expedited enforcement of child custody determination.
822.39   Service of petition and order.
822.40   Hearing and order.
822.41   Warrant to take physical custody of child.
822.42   Costs, fees, and expenses.
822.43   Recognition and enforcement.
822.44   Appeals.
822.45   Role of prosecutor.
822.46   Role of law enforcement.
822.47   Costs and expenses.
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.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 1, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 1, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-1-20)