2010 - Flanagan vs. DHR: No Contempt for Failure to Pay C/S Where No Personal Service of Petition and SCO

Rafael Flanagan v. Department of Human Resources, Baltimore City Office of Child Support Enforcement Ex Rel. Baltimore City Department of Social Services, No. 64, September Term 2009

Family Law – Child Support Orders – Contempt Proceedings – Service of Process

In a constructive civil contempt proceeding against a defendant for failure to pay child support in accordance with a consent paternity and child support decree, a circuit court lacks personal jurisdiction over the defendant where the defendant was not served properly, in accordance with the Maryland Rules and the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code, with the show cause order and petition for contempt.

Opinion issued on 2/9/2010.

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