State jurisdictional issues can make child custody battles very complex. When tribal sovereignty and federal laws are added to the mix, a case becomes even more complicated, as the "Baby Veronica" saga has recently demonstrated.
A much-overlooked Supreme Court decision this week could impact the child custody rights of fathers and Native Americans in the United States. The justices held that a Native American man could not depend on the federal statute the Indian Child Welfare Act as a defense against the termination of his parental rights over his daughter after another couple adopted her.
While Angelina Jolie may have brought the world's attention to the overwhelming need for international adoptions, there are still families here in the United States who realize that there are children here who need homes just as badly. But while domestic adoption is considered to be less volatile because it doesn't rely on foreign government communications, differing laws between states can sometimes be just as cumbersome in the end.