A judgement of Absolute divorce has been signed since October of 2012. However, Child support, Access and Custody has been reserved for a future date.
Circuit court had a criminal case the next day that took priority ( This was a two day trial).
The Divorce Complaint was filed a year prior, there was an urgency to settle it because of a rule that it had to be heard within a certain time frame.
1. The parties came to a mutual agreement the day of and entered it unto the record. This resulted in Property and the absolute divorce being settled.
2. The judge signed the Judgement of Abs. Divorce, reserving the above mentioned items to be heard. However, in the meantime the plaintiff requested a hearing for a paternity, which the judge denied last month after the hearing.
3. Yes, however child support was never established by using the state calculations, the judge basically didn't have time to hear it and set it Pendente Lite on three different occasions.
4. Yes, a PL order 3 days to the father 4 days to the mother.
5. I am told each parent has natural joint custody of the children. There is no order, other than the PL order for access, which states any different.
Judge referred to the following case law: If it helps form an opinion:
Turner vs Whitsed 327 MD 106, A 2D 935 ( 1992)
Monroe vs Monroe 426 MD (march 2012)
Kamp vs DHS 410 MD 645, 980 A. 448 ( 2009)
Mother orally depended on McDermott v Doughterty 385 Md 320, 869 A2d 751 & Barret v Ayers 186 Md App 1, 97 A2d 905 ( 2009)
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