Unreported

ANTHONY LEKETA v. DONNA B. LEKETA

On January 14, 2014, the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County granted appellee/cross-appellant, Donna Leketa (“Wife”), an absolute divorce from appellant/cross-appellee, Anthony Leketa (“Husband”). The circuit court amended that judgment on March 12, 2014, dividing the marital property, making a monetary award of $150,000.00 to Wife, and denying Wife’s request for alimony and attorney’s fees. On appeal, Husband challenges the court’s calculation of marital property, the court’s calculation of Crawford credits,1 and the court’s grant of a monetary award. On cross-appeal, Wife makes similar challenges: she argues error in the court’s calculation of marital property, the court’s calculation of Crawford credits, the court’s calculation of a monetary award, as well as the court’s denial of alimony and attorney’s fees. Questions Presented We consolidated the questions presented by both Wife and Husband and determine whether the circuit court erred in calculating the marital property of the parties and, if so, whether the circuit court erred in using that calculation to determine the disposition of the marital property and the appropriateness of a monetary award, alimony, and attorney’s fees. We agree with both Husband and Wife that the court erred in calculating the marital property and, thus, we vacate the circuit court’s judgment in part, and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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CYNTHIA PARLATO LANGO v. TERRY NORMAN LANGO

In the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Cynthia Parlato Lango, the appellant, and Terry Norman Lango, the appellee, were divorced. The court enforced the parties’ prenuptial agreement, denied alimony, denied either party an interest in the other party’s retirement assets, ordered the marital home sold and the proceeds divided equally, granted Terry a monetary award of $10,000, ordered Cynthia to pay $3,000 of Terry’s attorneys’ fees, and granted judgment in favor of Terry for $92,543.20, arising from Cynthia’s breach of three separation agreements entered into between the parties. Cynthia appeals, presenting four questions, which we have combined and rephrased as follows: I. Did the circuit court err by entering judgment in favor of Terry for damages and penalties arising from her breach of three separation agreements? II. Did the circuit court err by awarding attorneys’ fees to Terry without determining the actual amount and the reasonableness of his fees? We answer both questions in the affirmative. We shall vacate the judgment against Cynthia for breach of the separation agreements and for attorneys’ fees, and remand for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.

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MARK JOSEPH JACKSON v. KAREN MICHELLE JACKSON

In this divorce proceeding, Appellant Mark Joseph Jackson (Mark) contends that the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County erred in not granting him a continuance or imposing sanctions on Appellee Karen Michelle Jackson (Karen). We note that the court had already granted Mark a continuance when he was unrepresented by counsel prior to the divorce being granted, and we see no unfairness in the circuit court’s denial of a second continuance when he was represented by counsel and where both parties failed to attend court-ordered mediation to resolve property issues. Accordingly, the judgment of the circuit court is affirmed.

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FRANK PATRICK SZUSTAK v. GRETCHEN SCHENK SZUSTAK

Appellant Frank Patrick Szustak appeals the Circuit Court for Cecil County’s denial of his Motion for Reconsideration of its dismissal of his Complaint for Absolute Divorce from appellee Gretchen Schenk Szustak. While this case was pending in Maryland, a Pennsylvania court entered a final decree of divorce between the same two parties and resolved the custody and property issue. Finding this case moot, we dismiss the appeal.

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DAVID MOODY v. JULIE DOBIES f/k/a JULIE MOODY

In May 2011, Julie Dobies (“Wife”), appellee, filed a complaint for a divorce from David Moody (“Husband”), appellant. The Circuit Court for Harford County conducted a bench trial on June 18–20, 2012. The evidence presented at trial showed that the couple’s finances were strained throughout the marriage, and that by late 2010, they had tens of thousands of dollars of unsecured debt that they struggled to pay. On July 31, 2012, the circuit court entered a judgment granting an absolute divorce and ordering Husband to pay $750 per month in rehabilitative alimony to Wife for a period of five years. Husband appealed the judgment to this Court, arguing, among other things, that the circuit court’s award of alimony was improper because the award was intended to force Husband to pay a portion of the couple’s debt and Wife’s attorney’s fees. This Court agreed that the circuit court’s stated rationale for awarding alimony would have been more appropriately addressed by entry of a marital award, and we remanded the case to the circuit court to reconsider the appropriate relief. On remand, the circuit court once again awarded Wife $750 per month in rehabilitative alimony for a period of five years, and Husband appealed again. QUESTIONS PRESENTED Appellant submitted four questions for our review, which we have consolidated and rephrased as follows: 1. Did the circuit court err by awarding Wife alimony in the amount of $750 per month for a period of five years? 2. Did the circuit court erroneously conclude that Husband was not entitled to a reimbursement of alimony payments already made? Because we answer each of these questions in the negative, we will affirm the judgment of the Circuit Court for Harford County.

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Theodore C. Julio v. Lisa Julio

Court properly held Appellant in contempt for failing to make installment payments as required by divorce decree, and entered judgments against him for those amounts; however, court’ should have specified that appellant could purge the contempt by paying those judgments.

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