Welch-Doden v. Roberts

In Welch-Doden v. Roberts, 202 Ariz. 201, P 46, 42 P.3d 1166, 1176 (App. 2002), the child had lived with the mother in both Arizona and Oklahoma before the mother filed for dissolution and custody in Arizona and the father filed a petition for divorce and custody in Oklahoma. Id. P 4. The trial court rejected the mother's claim that "Arizona should have jurisdiction as her filing was first-in-time," because it concluded Oklahoma was the child's home state. Id. PP 7, 46. In affirming the trial court's decision, Division One noted: "The drafters made it clear that the UCCJEA was to give priority to a finding of home state jurisdiction over any other jurisdictional provisions." Id.