Saturday, November 30, 2013

Maggie SHIRLEY petitions to modify divorce decree (1901)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 46 (December 1900 - October 1901), in January 1901 Maggie Shirley (formerly Maggie Reitzel) petitioned the court to modify her divorce decree from Emmett Reitzel (case #6938). The decree had given her custody of their child, Clifford Reitzel, with Emmett Reitzel allowed to take the child 1 day a week as long as he returned him by bedtime. Maggie's petition asked for exclusive custody and no visitation rights; Emmett filed a cross-petition asking for exclusive custody. The judge ruled that the previous order was to stand and ordered both parties to pay their respective court costs.

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