Stein v. Wilcox
A court can find that a court in another state will provide the more convenient forum for resolution of a father's request for custody, because most of the caregivers, evidence and medical records for the minor child are located in the other state. In September 2012, the plaintiff father, Douglas Stein, requested custody of the party's 4-year-old child. The father has resided continuously in the State of Connecticut. The mother testified that she relocated with the minor child to the State of Washington in October 2011, in order to care for a relative who was ill. The wife and the minor child returned to Connecticut for nearly three months in May 2012, and they resided with the plaintiff father, and then returned to the State of Washington. Previously, the court found that the mother and child's relocation to the State of Washington in October 2011 constituted a temporary, as opposed to a permanent, relocation, and that Connecticut remained the minor child's home state. On reconsideration, the court held that the State of Washington constitutes a more convenient forum to resolve the father's request for custody. Since October 2011, the minor child has spent only three months in Connecticut. Most of the current caregivers, evidence and medical records for the minor child are located in Washington. A guardian ad litem who is located in Washington will be in a better position to meet the minor child and to consider the evidence than a guardian ad litem who is located in Connecticut. The Connecticut court vacated its earlier decision and granted jurisdiction to the State of Washington.