Thank you for your clarification, Linda, and I am sorry for what has happened in this matter.
You ask why this was not in federal court, and this is because of two reasons.
1) The reason why the matter went back to family court is because anything that has to do with the divorce (such as post-judgment enforcement, fraud, etc) automatically goes back to the family court.
2) Federal court only has jurisdiction for limited things - see here
. Most often, they include a breach of federal law, litigants from separate states, and/or a constitutional issue.
Ergo, the (state's) family court has proper jurisdiction over the matter, and its decision is binding here. I am very sorry.
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