Appellate court upholds ruling in support case Woman must pay former husband


The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled that Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. did not err when he ordered a bank teller to pay monthly child support to her former husband, a lumberyard owner.

In a 25-page opinion issued Friday, a three-judge panel affirmed the 1992 divorce decree in which Judge Beck ordered Kathleen M. Schaeffer to pay child support to Lloyd N. Schaeffer.

Describing much of the former Mrs. Schaeffer's legal argument as "without merit," the appeals panel also upheld Judge Beck's decision to grant custody of the couple's adopted 5-year-old son and use of the couple's $300,000 marital home to Mr. Schaeffer, an owner of Schaeffer Lumber in Westminster.

Although the judge ordered Mr. Schaeffer to pay $800 a month in alimony to his former wife -- who now uses her maiden name, Kathleen Murphy -- she was ordered to pay $300 a month in child support and more than $500 a month in mortgage and tax payments on the home.

Ms. Murphy had asked the appellate court to change the divorce decree, award her custody of their son and end her child support payments. She also asked for use of the couple's home.

The court denied all of those requests.

The judges said Judge Beck made no errors in computing the amount of money owed in alimony and child support, and said that Ms. Murphy was awarded half of a marital estate worth nearly $300,000.

Ms. Murphy said yesterday she didn't know if she would appeal the decision.

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