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 Jurisdiction to adjudicate matters in a marital case involves three requirements: 1) that the court have authority to adjudicate the specific matter raised by the pleadings (subject matter jurisdiction) (see Fam. Code, § 2010); 2) that the court have 'in rem' jurisdiction over the marital 'res' to terminate marital status ('in rem' jurisdiction) (see Marriage of Zierenberg (1992) 11 Cal. App. 4th 1436, 1444-1445 [16 Cal. Rptr. 2d 238]); and 3) that the court have jurisdiction over the parties to adjudicate personal rights and obligations (personal jurisdiction). (See Code Civ. Proc., § 410.10; Burnham v. Superior Court (1990) 495 U.S. 604 [109 L. Ed. 2d 631, 110 S. Ct. 2105] (Burnham); In re Marriage of Fitzgerald & King (1995) 39 Cal. App. 4th 1419, 1425 [46 Cal. Rptr. 2d 558] (Fitzgerald & King).)


Once the court has met these jurisdictional requirements it may determine not only the marital status, but also the personal rights and obligations of the parties, including custody and support of minor children of the marriage, spousal support, settlement and division of the parties' property rights, and the award of costs and attorney fees. (Fam. Code, § 2010. ) With regard ...

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