“I. The trial court erred to the prejudice of Defendant-Appellant in overruling her motion to declare Ohio an inconvenient forum and relinquish jurisdiction.”Having reviewed the record and pertinent law, we affirm the trial court’s decision. The apposite facts follow.
“II. The trial court erred to the prejudice of Defendant-Appellant in overruling her motion to declare Ohio an inconvenient forum and to relinquish jurisdiction without following the mandates of Ohio Civil Rule 53.”
Appellee Benjamin L. Walter (“Walter”) and Liu were married on September 14, 2002. On July 21, 2004, twin boys, Dylan and Zachary, were born as issue to the marriage. On September 20, 2006, Walter filed for divorce. Prior to the filing, Liu and the twins moved to Hong Kong and remained there until August 2007. On April 23, 2008, the trial court issued a judgment entry of divorce that included a Shared Parenting Plan. The plan awarded primary residential custody to Liu, who, by then, was living in New Jersey.
On October 4, 2009, Liu filed an order to show cause and a verified complaint seeking to register the Ohio Final Judgment of Divorce in New Jersey Family Court, and for permission to take the minor children to Hong Kong for her wedding. Walter consented to the registration of the Ohio divorce decree in New Jersey and for the children to travel to Hong Kong for their mother’s wedding.
Judge(s): Ann Blackmon
Jurisdiction: Ohio Court of Appeals, District 8
Related Categories: Domestic Relations
|Court of Appeals Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Pamela MacAdams||Morganstern MacAdams & DeVito Co LPA|
|Lynn Schwartz||Morganstern MacAdams & DeVito Co LPA|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Jill Helfman||Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP|