The Purpose of the UCCJEA
All states have enacted the basic form of the UCCJEA. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has stated: "There is growing public concern over the fact that thousands of children are shifted from state to state and from one family to another every year while their parents or other persons battle over their custody in the courts of several states...A young child may have been moved to another state repeatedly before the case goes to court. When a decree has been rendered awarding custody to one of the parties, this is by no means the end of the child's migrations. It is well known that those who lose a court battle over custody are often unwilling to accept the judgment of the court. They will remove the child in an unguarded moment or fail to return him after a visit and will seek their luck in a distant state where they hope to find -- and often do find -- a more sympathetic ear for their plea for custody."