Continuing-Jurisdiction Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Continuing-Jurisdiction Doctrine refers to a rule that the court retains power to enter and enforce a judgment over a party even though that party is no longer subject to a new action. When used in Family law cases it refers to a rule that once a court has acquired jurisdiction over a child-custody or support case that court continues to have jurisdiction to modify orders, even if the child or a parent moves to another state.