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The Court of Appeals held that the trial court erred by granting the defendant-putative father's motion to set aside a default judgment establishing his paternity of the plaintiff-mother's child on the ground that it lacked subject-matter jurisdictio

Plaintiff filed a paternity action claiming defendant was the father of her child. He was eventually served, but claimed the trial court lacked jurisdiction. The trial court disagreed and ordered a paternity test. When he failed to comply, it entered a default judgment. However, it later granted his motion to set the default aside on the ground that it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction as plaintiff conceded that she and the child "lived in North Carolina most of the time." On appeal, the court agreed with plaintiff that the trial court erred by holding it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction. It noted that in Morrison it held that MCL 722.714(1) does "not 'provide a jurisdiction-stripping consequence for misfiled complaints.'" Further, in Teran, it held that "'the Paternity Act patently grants the circuit court subject-matter to determine the paternity of a child born out of wedlock and to order child support.'" The court next rejected defendant's argument on cross-appeal that "plaintiff's action was effectively a 'child-custody proceeding' under the UCCJEA, and" thus, she could only file the complaint in the child's home state of North Carolina. It noted that "legal custody, physical custody, and parenting time were never issues in the proceeding, so MCL 722.1102(d)" did "not apply to strip the trial court of jurisdiction." The trial court "never issued an order regarding custody or parenting time. Instead, the court only entered orders pertaining to child support and paternity, without determining legal custody, physical custody, or parenting time." Finally, the court rejected his alternative argument on cross-appeal that even if the trial court had subject-matter jurisdiction, it could have granted the motion to set aside the default for numerous alternative reasons, noting "he failed to identify how the case law and court rules applied to the facts of this case." Reversed and remanded. 

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