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Appeal improperly dismissed as sanction for order violation (access required)

Where a father disclosed a sealed report to the children’s stepmother concerning a court-ordered independent psychological evaluation, the court erred by dismissing his de novo appeal of the J&RD court’s custody award to mother. Dismissal was an “unduly severe sanction” because the children were entitled to the circuit court’s consideration of their best interests. Lesser sanctions ...