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Uniform Law

Term Definition Uniform Law - Laws in various jurisdictions, approved by the NCCUSL and adopted in whole or in part by the jurisdictions, that impart procedural and substantive similarities.
Application in Divorce National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law (NCCUSL), an organization of commissioners from the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, work to develop uniformity in state laws, including marriage, family divorce laws.

The NCCUSL also works with the American Law Institute (ALI), an organization dedicated to addressing the complexities of law in the United States.

Here are some of the uniform laws related to marriage, family and divorce:

> UCC - the Uniform Commercial Code, an act governing commercial transactions, including the sales and leasing of goods, transfer of funds, commercial paper, deposit and transfer of funds, letters of credit, bulk transfers, receipts, bills of lading.

> UCCJEA - the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a uniform law regarding custody and visitation for parties from different states.

> UFTA - the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, an act regulating the restitution of assets fraudulently transferred.

> UIFSA - the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, a new uniform law regarding child support and alimony for parties from different states.

> UMDA - the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, a law that standardizes divorce protocols.

> UPA - the Uniform Parentage Act of 2000, an act dealing with new reproductive technologies and the problems caused by the late discovery of paternity.

> UPAA - the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, a law governing the terms and conditions of premarital agreements.

> URESA - Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, a law that enables one state to request assistance from another state in establishing or enforcing a child support order against a parent located in the other state. Superseded in 1998 and 1999 by UIFSA, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act of 1992

> UTMA - the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (or the Uniform Gift to Minors Act (UGMA)), an act establishing the terms and conditions of gifts to minors.


See also Hague Convention; ICARA; PKPA.

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