The UCCJEA – is based upon the home state – where the children were residing for 6 months prior to the filing of the petition.
Purpose of the UCCJEA:
to avoid jurisdictional competition and conflict with courts of other states in matters of child custody.” Section 61.502 (1).
How is a foreign country treated under the UCCJEA
a foreign country is treated “as if it were a state of the United States” for purposes of applying 61.501-.523 of the UCCJEA. Section 61.506 (1).