Can a CPS case in one state be enforced in another?

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Can a CPS case in one state be enforced in another?

Asked on October 18, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The answer is "kind-of."  If CPS in Texas was investigating a case, but the parents tried to move with the child before the investigation could be completed, then they will often rely on interstate agreements to get the assistance of the CPS in the other state.  Sometimes they do this by closing out the Texas file and then the new state will open up a new complaint.

If CPS already has orders in place for custody or visitation, then again, through interestate agreements, the State can move for enforcement in another jurisdiction.  

What they can do and how much they can do to enforce will depend on the current status of the CPS case and the nature of the agreement with the other state.


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