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|        ||1. Divorce Source: Custody/ Jurisdiction/ Significant Connection|
The mother appealed an Illinois trial courts decision dismissing her motion to modify a custody and visitation judgment entered by a Wisconsin state court. The father argued that Illinois court lacked jurisdiction and, alternatively, requested that the Illinois court concede jurisdiction to the Wisc
|        ||2. Divorce Source: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE JURISDICTION|
A courts power to end a marriage by a judgment of divorce rests on the existence of a valid marriage. If there is no marriage, the court has no subject-matter jurisdiction over the divorce case. Without subject-matter jurisdiction, there can be no divorce remedies such as alimony or division of prop
|        ||3. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT SPOUSE |
(©1999) The trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over the husband, who had not maintained a marital domicile in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, so as to permit equitable distribution of his assets.
|        ||4. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION ISSUES FOR OUT-OF-STATE PROPERTY |
(©1998) The trial court had jurisdiction to order the parties to sell out-of-state real property and to divide the proceeds.
|        ||5. Divorce Source: Jurisdiction to Distribute Military Pensions |
(©1998) The appeals court in Akins held that the trial court in Colorado, where the parties used to have their marital domicile and where the wife still lived, could exercise long-arm jurisdiction over the
|        ||6. Divorce Source: RESERVED JURISDICTION - FUTURE DIVISION MARITAL PROPERTY |
(©1998) This case illustrates an unusual application of the device of reserved jurisdiction to maintain a courts authority to divide a marital asset whose value will be realized, if at all, sometime after
|        ||7. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION - MILITARY RETIREMENT BENEFITS |
(©1997) This case discusses the question of a state courts jurisdiction to divide marital property in general, and military retirement benefits in particular, where the military service member lives in another
|        ||8. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION - SERVICE OF PROCESS OUTSIDE UNITED STATES |
(©1996) The wife in Israel was not properly served in accordance with the Hague Convention so as to confer personal jurisdiction over her for the purpose of equitable distribution in New York
|        ||9. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION OVER NONRESIDENT SPOUSE |
(©1995) The wife, a nonresident, had not established minimum contacts with North Carolina so as to permit the exercise of personal jurisdiction over her in the husbands equitable distribution action in North
|        ||10. Divorce Source: JURISDICTION - REALTY OUTSIDE STATE |
(©1994) A Maryland court had jurisdiction to direct the wife to execute a power of attorney authorizing the husband to execute documents necessary for the sale of realty in Florida
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