Legal Memorandum: Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction

Issue: Will an Illinois court recognize a Texas judgment in a divorce action?

Area of Law: Family Law, Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Continuing exclusive jurisdiction; Divorce action
Jurisdiction: Illinois, Texas
Cited Cases: 692 N.E.2d 1343; 3 S.W.3d 211
Cited Statutes: ex. Fam. Code Ann. § 155.001(a) (Vernon 1998); 750 ILCS 35/14
Date: 09/01/2000

In Texas, upon rendition of a final order in a divorce action, a court acquires continuing exclusive jurisdiction over matters in connection with a child.  Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 155.001(a) (Vernon 1998); see generally Allison v. Allison, 3 S.W.3d 211 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 1999); see also Carlston v. Robertson, 295 Ill. App. 3d 369, 371, 692 N.E.2d 1343, 1344 (3d Dist. 1998, no writ) (“A court, once having obtained jurisdiction over a child, retains that jurisdiction unless it concedes jurisdiction to another state.”).  Moreover, Section 14 of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act mandates that Illinois courts give full faith and credit to initial and modified judgments of other states that are rendered in substantial conformity with the Illinois UCCJA.  Id.; see 750 ILCS 35/14.


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