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COURT OF APPEALS OF VIRGINIA
Present: Judges Elder, Felton and Senior Judge Willis
Record No. 1920-03-4
KARL W. MEYERS
MARY C. MEYERS
DECEMBER 9, 2003
FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FAIRFAX COUNTY
Michael P. McWeeny, Judge
(Mark H. Botzin, on brief), for appellant.
(David M. Levy; Surovell, Markle, Isaacs & Levy, P.L.C., on
Karl W. Meyers (father) appeals an order of the circuit court
sustaining the demurrer of
Mary C. Meyers (mother). He contends the court erred in
sustaining the demurrer because, under
the circumstances of this case, he was entitled to an award of
restitution for child support payments.
Upon reviewing the record and briefs of the parties, we conclude
that this appeal is without merit.
Accordingly, we summarily affirm the decision of the circuit
court. Rule 5A:27.
The parties were divorced in Florida in 1989, and father was
ordered to pay child support for
the parties’ two minor children. Thereafter, mother and the
children moved to Virginia. Mother
requested that the Florida judgment be registered in Virginia
and petitioned the juvenile and
domestic relations district court (JDR court) to enforce and
modify the provisions of the judgment.
Although the registration order was not signed, the JDR court
entered an order enforcing the Florida
judgment and increasing father’s child support obligation.
Later, father discovered that the Florida
judgment had not been properly registered in Virginia per the
terms of the Uniform Interstate
Family Support Act. Father petitioned to vacate the JDR court
order and direct mother to repay the
monies erroneously awarded. The JDR court concluded that it
"did not have jurisdiction to make
modifications in the Florida order," but was
"powerless to order any remedial action to compensate
[father] for payments made pursuant to the modification."
Father appealed to the circuit court,
which sustained mother’s demurrer.
In Reid v. Reid, 245 Va. 409, 415, 429 S.E.2d 208, 211 (1993),
the Supreme Court ruled
that a trial court has no statutory or inherent authority to
order restitution of spousal support paid
pursuant to an erroneous order. This principle applies equally
as well to child support cases.
Wilson v. Wilson, 25 Va. App. 752, 760, 492 S.E.2d 495, 499
(1997). We find no exception in
Reid that would entitle father to restitution under the
circumstances of this case. "[W]e are bound
by decisions of the Supreme Court of Virginia and are without
authority to overrule [them]."
Roane v. Roane, 12 Va. App. 989, 993, 407 S.E.2d 698, 700
Accordingly, we affirm the decision of the circuit court.
Code ? 17.1-413, this opinion is not designated for publication.