Appellate court hears Schaeffer divorce caseANNAPOLIS...

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September 10, 1993

ANNAPOLIS — Appellate court hears Schaeffer divorce case

ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. "was absolutely wrong" when he ordered a bank teller to pay her lumber yard owner former husband monthly child support, the woman's lawyer told the Maryland Court of Special Appeals yesterday.

Elwood E. Swam, a Hampstead lawyer who represents Kathleen M. Schaeffer, told the three-judge panel of the state's second-highest court that Judge Beck also was wrong to award custody of the couple's adopted 5-year-old son and use of the couple's $300,000 marital home to Lloyd N. Schaeffer.

Mrs. Schaeffer is asking the high court to change the divorce decree, award her custody of their son and end her child support payments.

Though the judge ordered Mr. Schaeffer to pay $800 a month in alimony to his former wife, Mrs. Schaeffer was ordered to pay the $300 a month in child support and more than $500 a month in mortgage and tax payments, leaving her a net deficit, Mr. Swam said.

E. David Silverberg, Mr. Schaeffer's attorney, argued that Judge Beck did not err in making his decision. He said Mrs. Schaeffer will receive nearly $180,000 from the sale of the couple's home and nearly $50,000 worth of furnishings.

The court made no immediate decision on the appeal.

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