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Gladis v. Gladisova
Maryland Supreme Court
856 A.2d 703 (2004)
Slamovir Gladis (plaintiff) and Eva Gladisova (defendant) married and had a child, Ivana, in their native country, the Slovak Republic. Gladis moved to the United States when Ivana was an infant, while Gladisova and Ivana stayed in the Slovak Republic. When Ivana was about five years old, Gladis filed for divorce in Maryland. The trial court entered an order granting the divorce, with custody to Gladisova and parenting time to Gladis. The court ordered Gladis to pay for Ivana’s support but did not specify the amount he should pay. Gladis irregularly provided Ivana with cash and goods over the next few years, and then Gladisova petitioned the court for a child-support order. The special master found that Gladis, a mechanic, earned about $42,000 per year. Gladisova, a nurse, earned about $5,000 per year. Ivana lived with her mother, uncle, and grandparents; attended public school; and participated in several extracurricular activities. The court found that Ivana’s cost of living was about $275 per month. Using the income-shares model pursuant to Maryland’s child-support guidelines, the court ordered Gladis to pay $497 per month in support. Gladis appealed, arguing that the $497 support obligation was unjust and inappropriate because it was far more than the cost of Ivana’s care, given the far lower cost of living in the Slovak Republic compared to the cost of living in Maryland.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Battaglia, J.)
Dissent (Raker, J.)
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