In re Goodpasture (Kansas 2020)
In re Goodpasture, No. 121,512 (Kan. Ct. App. 2020). The trial court doesn’t necessarily lose jurisdiction to enforce a child support order when one parent moves from the state. The parents divorced, and the divorce decree ordered the father to pay support for their three children. The mother assigned her right to child support to the Kansas Department of Children and Families in 2018. The father moved to set aside the order arguing that the court no longer had personal and subject matter jurisdiction because the mother had moved from Kansas. The trial court denied the motion. The father appealed. The appellate court affirmed the lower court decision. The appellate court declined review of several issues that the father raised for the first time on appeal. The appellate court found personal jurisdiction in that both parties had personally appeared before the court during the divorce. The appellate court found that under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act the trial court had ongoing jurisdiction to enforce its order.