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Danaher v. Hopkins

Trial court's denial of petition to register a foreign custody judgment was affirmed. A court must enforce a foreign judgment only when the issuing state had jurisdiciton under the UCCJEA. Because North Carolina did not have initial jurisdiciton it does not have exclusive continuing jurisdiction. 

Trial court's finding that Kentucky is the home state of the child was affirmed. Reversal of a factual finding requires it to be clearly erroneous and not supported by substanial evidence which is not the case in this matter.

Father also appealed from a second order requiring a custody action to proceed before Warren Circuit Court. This was not a final  and appealable order as it did not adjudicate the rights of either party. Therefore the appeal of this order was dismissed.



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