Title 78B - Judicial Code - Chapter 13 - Utah Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act - Part 2 - Jurisdiction - Section 201 - Initial child custody jurisdiction.

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78B-13-201 Initial child custody jurisdiction. (1) Except as otherwise provided in Section 78B-13-204, a court of this state has jurisdiction to

make an initial child custody determination only if: (a) this state is the home state of the child on the date of the commencement of the proceeding,

or was the home state of the child within six months before the commencement of the proceeding and the child is absent from this state but a parent or person acting as a parent continues to live in this state;

(b) a court of another state does not have jurisdiction under Subsection (1)(a), or a court of the home state of the child has declined to exercise jurisdiction on the ground that this state is the more appropriate forum under Section 78B-13-207 or 78B-13-208; and

(i) the child and the child's parents, or the child and at least one parent or a person acting as a parent have a significant connection with this state other than mere physical presence; and

(ii) substantial evidence is available in this state concerning the child's care, protection, training, and personal relationships;

(c) all courts having jurisdiction under Subsection (1)(a) or (b) have declined to exercise jurisdiction on the ground that a court of this state is the more appropriate forum to determine the custody of the child under Section 78B-13-207 or 78B-13-208; or

(d) no state would have jurisdiction under Subsection (1)(a), (b), or (c). (2) Subsection (1) is the exclusive jurisdictional basis for making a child custody determination by a

court of this state. (3) Physical presence of, or personal jurisdiction over, a party or a child is neither necessary nor

sufficient to make a child custody determination.

Renumbered and Amended by Chapter 3, 2008 General Session