California Court’s Jurisdiction Over Spousal Support Orders

Where a California court issues a spousal support order consistent with the laws of the State, it has “continuing” & “exclusive” jurisdiction to modify the order “throughout the existence of the support obligation.” (Fam. C. sec. 5700.211(a).) California courts may also enforce, but not modify, a spousal support order issued by a sister state or foreign nation, provided the sovereign has continuing & exclusive jurisdiction over the order. Where the foreign jurisdiction did not address the issue of spousal support, California courts may thereafter order spousal support, or modify same. In issuing support orders, California courts must have personal jurisdiction over the obligated party. 

This post is for informational purposes (see disclaimers). Credit is due to Rutter’s California Practice Guide- Family Law.

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