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Establishing residence - How long?

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What is the name of your state? North Carolina

How long must your child reside with you in a particular state (such as North Carolina) before filing for custody through the court system in that state? Some people are telling me that my child must live in this state for 30 days and some are telling me 6 months before this state has jurisdiction over my child. Please help!

Whyte Noise

Senior Member
The requirement in all 50 states is 6 months. It takes that long to establish that the state is the child's "home state", and would therefore have jurisdiction over custody cases involvong the child. Keep in mind, that the state would only have jurisdiction if there has never been any prior custody orders. If there has been, then any modifications would have to go through the state that issued the original order.

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