Something dramatic usually happens at the beginning of every divorce: one of the parties goes on the move, away from the marital residence. Facing a new economic reality, a spouse may accept a better job out of state or take the children to live with relatives halfway across the country.

These moves may happen before an actual lawsuit is filed, giving rise to many jurisdictional challenges in divorce and child custody disputes. In these cases, the most important question becomes where will the lawsuit be heard?

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