WVC 48 - 20 - 205
§48-20-205. Notice; opportunity to be heard; joinder.
(a) Before a child custody determination is made under this
chapter, notice and an opportunity to be heard in accordance with
the standards of section 20-108, must be given to all persons
entitled to notice under the law of this state as in child custody
proceedings between residents of this state, any parent whose
parental rights have not been previously terminated and any person
having physical custody of the child.
(b) This chapter does not govern the enforceability of a child
custody determination made without notice or an opportunity to be
(c) The obligation to join a party and the right to intervene
as a party in a child custody proceeding under this chapter are
governed by the law of this state as in child custody proceedings
between residents of this state.