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NC Court of Appeals calls Orange County District Court child custody case a "charade"

NC Court of Appeals calls Orange County District Court child custody case a "charade"

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NC Court of Appeals vacates child custody order entered by Judge Joseph M. Buckner, citing numerous procedural errors and calling the case a "charade."
NC Court of Appeals vacates child custody order entered by Judge Joseph M. Buckner, citing numerous procedural errors and calling the case a "charade."

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NO.COA09-887NORTHCAROLINACOURTOFAPPEALSFiled:21December2010MARVILYNB.BOHANNANandCECILL.BOHANNAN,JR.,Plaintiffs,v.OrangeCountyNo.09CVD1810EMILYM.MCMANAWAYandJOHNNIEMICHAELMURRAY,Defendants.AppealbydefendantEmilyM.McManawayfromordersentered16January2009,29January2009,and7April2009byJudgeJosephM.BucknerinOrangeCountySuperiorCourt.HeardintheCourtofAppeals27January2010.
Coleman,Gledhill,Hargrave
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PeekP.C.,byLeighAnnPeek,forplaintiffsandplaintiff-interveners.BetsyJ.WolfendenfordefendantEmilyM.McManaway.
ELMORE,Judge.EmilyMCManaway(defendant)isthemotherofchildBobby,].anddefendantJohnnyMurrayistheputativefather.Bobbywasborn30August2003inNevada,butdefendantbroughthimtoNorthCarolinaon16September2003.CecilBohannanisdefendant'sbrother.CecilBohannanandhiswife,Marvilyn(together,plaintiffs),tookphysicalcustodyofBobby.DefendantthenreturnedtoNevadawithoutBobby.InMarch2004,defendantaskedplaintiffstoreturn1"Bobby"isnotthechild'srealname.
 
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BobbytoherinNevada,whichtheydid.NevadaProtectiveServicestookcustodyofBobbyon5March2006.AfterahearinginNevada,plaintiffstookcustodyofBobbyandreturnedtoNorthCarolina.Plaintiffsarrangedforplaintiff-intervenersJohnnyandKristenBranchtocareforBobby.PlaintiffsthenfiledacomplaintseekingcustodyofBobby.Thisappeal,forthemostpart,stemsfromthatcomplaint.
Background
"Theproceduralquagmirethatconfrontsushereisbestunraveledbyachronologicalaccountoftheproceedingsinthetrialcourt."
Baileyv.Gooding,
301N.C.205,206,270S.E.2d431,432(1980).On14November2003,aconsentorderwasfiledinOrangeCounty.Theconsentorderhadfilenumber03CVD2183andstatedthatthecausecame"ontobeheardduringaregularlyscheduledsessionofCivilDistrictCourt"and,"atthecallofthecalendarfortrial,counselindicatedtothecourtthatanAgreementwithregardtotheissuesofchildcustodyhadbeenexecutedandwasreadyforentryofjudgment[.
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TheconsentorderdecreedthatBobbywouldbe"placedinthetemporaryjointlegalandphysicalcustodyofEmilyM.McManawayandMarvilynandCecilBohannanJr.,"andBobby'sprimaryresidencewouldbewithplaintiffs,withwhomhehadlivedsince16September2003.Theconsentorderalsodecreedthatplaintiffswould"beresponsibleforprovidinghealthinsurancefortheminorchildwhoisthe
 
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subjectofthisaction,andshallbevestedwiththeauthoritytoauthorizeandcommissionanyandallhealthormedicalcareservicesastheydeemfitandproper."Bothplaintiffsanddefendantsignedtheconsentorderbeforenotaries.TheordercontainsthesignatureofDistrictCourtJudgeM.PatriciaDevine.Plaintiffsfiledtheircomplainton13October2006inOrangeCountyDistrictCourt.Accordingtothecomplaint,theCourtinClarkCounty,Nevada,andtheCourtinOrangeCountyparticipatedinaUniformChildCustodyJurisdictionandEnforcementAct(UCCJEA)telephonichearingon27September2006anddeterminedthatNorthCarolinahadjuriSdictionoverBobby.Intheprayerforrelief,plaintiffsaskedthecourttoconsolidatetheaction(06CVD1810)withtheearlieraction(03CVD2183),toplaceBobbyintheirsolelegalandphysicalcustody,andtowaivecustodymediation.Thecomplaintappearstohavebeenproperlyserved.Defendantfiledheranswerandcounterclaimon17November2006.SheaskedthatdefendantMurraynotbeaddedasapartyandthatthecourtfind"thatthebestandproperplacement"forBobbywaswithdefendant.Theanswerincludesasheettitled"VERIFICATION"thatstatesthefollowing:EmilyMcManaway,beingfirstdulysworn,deposesandsaysthathe/sheistheDefendantintheforegoingaction,thathe/shehasreadtheforegoingANSWERandCOUNTERCLAIMandknowsthecontentsthereoftobetrueofhis/herownpersonalknowledgeexceptforthosemattersandthingsallegedthereinuponinformationandbelief;andastothosemattersandthings;he/shebelievessametobetrue.

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