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Code of Virginia
Title 20. Domestic Relations
Chapter 7.1. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
6/17/2021

§ 20-146.16. Notice; opportunity to be heard; joinder.

A. Before a child's custody determination is made under this act, notice and an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the standards of § 20-146.7 must be given to all persons entitled to notice under the laws of this Commonwealth as in child custody proceedings between residents of this Commonwealth, any parent whose parental rights have not been previously terminated, and any person having physical custody of the child.

B. The laws of the Commonwealth shall govern the enforceability of a child custody determination made without actual notice or an opportunity to be heard.

C. The obligation to join a party and the right to intervene as a party in a child custody proceeding under this act are governed by the laws of this Commonwealth as in child custody proceedings between residents of this Commonwealth.

1979, c. 229, §§ 20-127, 20-133; 2001, c. 305.

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