Revisor Home

Title XXX DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Chapter 452

Effective - 28 Aug 2009 bottom

  452.740.  Initial child custody jurisdiction. — 1.  Except as otherwise provided in section 452.755, a court of this state has jurisdiction to make an initial child custody determination only if:

  (1)  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 prior to 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;

  (2)  A court of another state does not have jurisdiction under subdivision (1) of this subsection, 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 452.770 or 452.775, and:

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

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

  (3)  All courts having jurisdiction under subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection 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 452.770 or 452.775; or

  (4)  No state would have jurisdiction under subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection.

  2.  Subsection 1 of this section 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 not necessary or sufficient to make a child custody determination.

­­--------

(L. 2009 H.B. 481)


---- end of effective   28 Aug 2009 ----

use this link to bookmark section  452.740


In accordance with Section 3.090, the language of statutory sections enacted during a legislative session are updated and available on this website on the effective date of such enacted statutory section. Revisor Home    

Other Information
 Recent Sections Editorials May Be Cited As Tables & Forms Multiple Enact
Repeal & Transfer Definitions

Site changes Contact
Other Links
Oversight Library MO WebMasters
Senate
Missouri Senate
State of Missouri
MO.gov
House
Missouri House

@21:49:59.5 32 :)