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Welch-Doden v. Roberts
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A child was born in Oklahoma in April 1999 to Melissa Welch-Doden (Plaintiff) and Terry Welch-Doden (Defendant). The family moved often. The child resided in Oklahoma seven and a half months until December 1999. The child then resided in Arizona for three months from December 1999 through March 2000. From March 2000 through September 2000 the child resided again in Oklahoma for six months. The mother then moved back to Arizona with the child for four months. At the end of that period, on January 25, 2001, Mrs. Welch-Doden (Plaintiff) filed a petition for dissolution and child custody in Arizona. Mr. Welch-Doden filed for divorce and custody in Oklahoma soon afterwards. After consulting with the Oklahoma court, the Arizona court dismissed the action on grounds that Oklahoma was the child’s home state under the UCCJEA. Plaintiff filed petition for special action.
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