Q: My ex girlfriend and I had a child in Jamaica. We separated in 2015 when our child was four years old. I have a court order for joint custody of our child in Jamaica. However, my ex girlfriend left Jamaica with our child and migrated to the United States in 2015. Since that time, I have spoken to our child three times. Today I spoke to my daughter for 10 mins ( 11/23). I will be traveling to the US and getting married to my fiancé soon and would like to know is there any way in which I can get a court order to see my child when I get there.
A: Generally you’d need to litigate custody/visitation enforcement cases with the court which issued the original decree. Bear in mind if you seek to file an enforcement case in NY, then you may cede jurisdiction to NY over any future modification/enforcement cases. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.