Construing UIFSA’s provisions for personal jurisdiction, the court held that the wife’s relocation out of state following the divorce did not divest trial court of personal jurisdiction over her for purposes of ruling on former husband’s post-dissolution motion to downwardly modify his spousal support obligation. Statute within Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), which governed the procedures for establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and spousal support orders when more than one state is involved in such proceedings, did not operate to preclude trial court from exercising personal jurisdiction over former wife, and, pursuant to continuing personal jurisdiction doctrine, once trial court exercised personal jurisdiction over the parties in the original divorce action, jurisdiction over the parties continued for subsequent proceedings that arose out of that action.
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