Idaho Statutes
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TITLE 32
DOMESTIC RELATIONS
CHAPTER 11
UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT
PART 2
JURISDICTION
32-11-207.  Inconvenient forum. (a) A court of this state which has jurisdiction under this chapter to make a child custody determination may decline to exercise its jurisdiction at any time if it determines that it is an inconvenient forum under the circumstances and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum. The issue of inconvenient forum may be raised upon motion of a party, the court’s own motion or request of another court.
(b)  Before determining whether it is an inconvenient forum, a court of this state shall consider whether it is appropriate for a court of another state to exercise jurisdiction. For this purpose, the court shall allow the parties to submit information and shall consider all relevant factors, including:
(1)  Whether domestic violence has occurred and is likely to continue in the future and which state could best protect the parties and the child;
(2)  The length of time the child has resided outside this state;
(3)  The distance between the court in this state and the court in the state that would assume jurisdiction;
(4)  The relative financial circumstances of the parties;
(5)  Any agreement of the parties as to which state should assume jurisdiction;
(6)  The nature and location of the evidence required to resolve the pending litigation, including testimony of the child;
(7)  The ability of the court of each state to decide the issue expeditiously and the procedures necessary to present the evidence; and
(8)  The familiarity of the court of each state with the facts and issues in the pending litigation.
(c)  If a court of this state determines that it is an inconvenient forum and that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum, it shall stay the proceedings upon condition that a child custody proceeding be promptly commenced in another designated state and may impose any other condition the court considers just and proper.
(d)  A court of this state may decline to exercise its jurisdiction under this chapter if a child custody determination is incidental to an action for divorce or another proceeding while still retaining jurisdiction over the divorce or other proceeding.

History:
[32-11-207, added 2000, ch. 227, sec. 2, p. 631.]


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