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Tag Archives: Family Law

CAV: After custody switch, new child support order replaced old (access required)

After he was granted sole legal and physical custody of his child, an order granting a father’s petition for child support effectively terminated a previous order setting forth the father’s child support obligations. The old order had been entered when ...

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CAV: Brief appealing “adoption” goal lacks legal authorities (access required)

A mother’s opening brief lacked sufficient principles of law and legal authorities to merit review of the circuit court’s order finding a risk of abuse or neglect and approving the goal of adoption for her child. Background Mother and Father, ...

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CAV: No error in divorce; appellate fees granted (access required)

The circuit court did not err in its handling of the parties’ divorce, notwithstanding the husband’s 18 assignments of error on appeal. In particular, evidence supported both the court’s jurisdiction over the parties despite their long trips abroad and the ...

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CAV: 21-day rule prevented court from harmonizing orders (access required)

The trial court correctly held that, absent some reason why its order articulating a fixed pension annuity could not be enforced, it lacked jurisdiction to amend that order – even if the fixed amount therein didn’t match the percentage share ...

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CAV: Baby’s bathtub death supports dad’s loss of rights years later (access required)

The circuit court did not err in terminating the parental rights of a father of six based on his conviction for involuntary manslaughter six years earlier. The offense arose from the death of his infant daughter when he left her ...

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CAV: Marital share of company’s value matches ownership (access required)

The circuit court did not err in classifying only 30 percent of a litigation-support company’s increase in value during the course of an owner’s marriage as marital property. The court considered evidence as to whether the increase was due to ...

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CAV: Unknown source of abuse blocks twins’ return home (access required)

Twin baby girls who, at about four months old, were found to have bone fractures and subdural hematomas indicative of abuse, could not be returned to their parents’ care when the parents were not forthcoming about how the abuse might ...

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CAV: Court had to value student loans as of couple’s split (access required)

For equitable-distribution purposes, the circuit court erred in failing to determine the amount of a husband’s student loans as of the date he and his wife separated. Under the circumstances, it was within its authority to re-open evidence on that ...

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CAV: Mother’s lack of contact with kids supports termination (access required)

Despite significant compliance with social services requirements to reunite with her five living children, a mother had not substantially remedied the conditions that required them to be placed in foster care. She had not seen the children since they were ...

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