Trial court, which had issued parents’ divorce decree, no longer had exclusive, continuing jurisdiction to make child custody determinations concerning parents’ children, pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), as the trial court found that neither father, mother, nor the children resided in the state. Thus, the trial court was required to stay proceedings in connection with mother’s application for an order awarding her primary physical custody of children, communicate with California court in which father had registered parties’ original divorce decree and sought joint physical custody of children, and defer to California court’s decision on whether to exercise or decline jurisdiction over the matter.
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