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Circuit Court Jurisdiction Over Divorce and Custody 

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is in the Eighth Judicial District of the State of Maryland and its chief administrative judge is the Honorable The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction with the authority to hear family law matters pursuant to Md. Annotated Code, Courts and  Judicial Proceedings 1-501 et. seq provided jurisdiction and venue are properly established. Although the District Court makes temporary decisions that have far-reaching consequences about family law disputes, these questions are ultimately decided by the Circuit Court. Venue refers to the appropriate forum to hear aa case-- for example: should the case be decided where mom lives in Bel Air, where dad lives in Bel Air or where everyone once lived together in Baltimore County. 

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCJEA)

When the parties seeking child custody, who are usually the parents, live in different states, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act must be applied including by multiple state courts at the same time. However, child support is not evaluated the same way as custody for purposes of jurisdiction and enforcement. 

Maryland Judicial Circuits  

District 1 - Baltimore City

District 2 - Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester Counties

District 3 - Caroline, Talbot, Queen Anne's, Kent & Caroline Counties 

District 4 - Charles, St. Mary's & Calvert Counties 

District 5 - Prince George's County 

District 6 - Montgomery County 

District 7 - Anne Arundel County 

District 8 - Baltimore County 

District 9 - Harford County 

District 10 - Howard & Carroll Counties

District 11 - Frederick & Washington Counties 

District 12 - Allegheny and Garrett Counties