Custody & Visitation

JENNIFER HEARN v. PAUL J. HINKLE

Child custody — Modification — Failure to plead material change in circumstances In 2011, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Jennifer Hearn (“Mother”) and Paul Hinkle (“Father”) were divorced. They have two children. In this appeal, Mother challenges orders ...

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SUSAN CARRINGTON v. JOHN McNELIS

Child custody — Motion to modify — Jurisdiction of Maryland courts A court may modify a child custody order if it has jurisdiction over the case and there has been a material change in circumstances. Susan Carrington, appellant, believes the ...

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JOSE B. v. MARIA B.

Child custody — Special Immigrant Juvenile — Custody by consent On July 13, 2015, appellant, Jose B. (hereinafter referred to as “Uncle”), filed a complaint/petition for custody and judicial findings of fact of child’s eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile (“SIJ”) ...

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JUSTIN DAVIS v. WICOMICO COUNTY BUREAU

Justin Davis, Petitioner, twice sought to secure a paternity test years after he had executed an Affidavit of Parentage, in which he attested, shortly following the birth of twin boys in 2009, that he was their father. The Wicomico County ...

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MICHAEL HOLTON v. MELISSA HOLTON

Child support — Calculation — Children’s reasonable expenses and income-based apportionment In this appeal, Michael Holton, appellant, asserts that the Circuit Court for Howard County both erred and abused its discretion in granting the motion for modification of custody and ...

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JOHNATHAN A. JAMES, SR. v. KENDRA BELL

Child visitation — Father’s exceptions to recommendations — Service on mother, not her lawyer This case involves a petition to modify an order regarding custody of a minor child. A magistrate recommended that the father’s visitation rights be reduced from ...

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ADAM SANTO v. GRACE SANTO

Joint custody — Tie-breaking provisions — Warring parents In Taylor v. Taylor, 306 Md. 290, 293 (1986), we decided that an award of joint custody was a permissible exercise of a trial court’s general equity powers. Notably, we also explained ...

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MICHELLE L. CONOVER v. BRITTANY D. CONOVER

Child custody and visitation — De facto parenthood — Non-traditional marriage Child custody and visitation decisions are among the most serious and complex decisions a court must make, with grave implications for all parties. The dissolution of a non-traditional marriage ...

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SHEILA E. BERRY-TATUM v. LEE E. BERRY

Child custody — Modification of existing order — Not clearly erroneous Following a two-day hearing in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, appellee, Lee E. Berry, was awarded primary legal and sole physical custody of the three minor children of ...

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