Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

"In matters regarding the care of children when there is an interstate dispute, jurisdiction is statutorily established by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act . . . .  When Maine is not the child's home state, Maine courts generally will not exercise jurisdiction over the initial custody determination unless the home state declines to exercise jurisdiction."

"In urgent circumstances, however, such as when a parent and child flee their home state due to threats of mistreatment or abuse, the courts of Maine are authorized by a separate section of the U.C.C.J.E.A. to exercise emergency jurisdiction in order to protect the child."