Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh District, Trumbull
SIDNEY L. GLOVER, JR., Plaintiff-Appellant,
TIERRA MOLDEN GLOVER, Defendant-Appellee.
Appeal from the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas,
Domestic Relations Division, Case No. 2015 DR 00323.
Christopher A. Maruca, The Maruca Law Firm, LLC, (For
R. Rich, 342 Mahoning Avenue, N.W., (For Defendant-Appellee).
COLLEEN MARY OTOOLE, J.
Sidney L. Glover, Jr., appeals from the judgment entry of the
Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic
Relations, granting a divorce between himself and Tierra
Molden Glover. Sidney asserts the trial court abused its
discretion in giving Tierra custody of their minor daughters,
S.G. (d/o/b December 2, 2008), and L.G. (d/o/b February 7,
2014), and allowing Tierra to move with the children to Las
Vegas, Nevada. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm.
Sidney and Tierra were friends since high school. Sidney has
another daughter, T.G. (d/o/b August 3, 2005), by a prior
relationship. After Sidney and Tierra commenced their
relationship in 2008, T.G. lived with them. At the time of
the divorce, Sidney was a special education teacher with the
Mahoning County Educational Service Center. He also worked at
Leeda Northeast, Inc., a company in Warren, Ohio, which
provides services to the disabled, and had founded his own
company to provide similar services. Tierra graduated from
the Cordon Bleu school in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a chef.
The couple married in Cortland, Ohio, February 14, 2011.
Even after the couple commenced their relationship, they were
frequently apart. Tierra did not complete her training at the
Cordon Bleu until 2010, and spent much of each year in Las
Vegas, where her mother is a nurse. Sidney had an undisclosed
relationship with the Buffalo Bills football team, and spent
time in Buffalo. The couple had numerous disagreements.
On September 18, 2015, Tierra took S.G. and L.G. with her on
an alleged weekend trip to visit family in Columbus, Ohio.
From Columbus, she flew to her mother's in Las Vegas,
without informing Sidney. While in Las Vegas, she wrote a
check for $7000 to her mother on Sidney's business
checking account. Eventually, the bank returned the money to
Sidney, since Tierra was not a signatory on the account.
Sidney filed for divorce September 22, 2015. In early
October, 2015, he flew to Las Vegas to see the children, but
Tierra refused to meet with him. Tierra answered the divorce
complaint October 16, 2015. October 27, 2015, the trial
court's magistrate issued a temporary order, giving
Tierra two choices. The first was to return to Ohio with the
children and receive exclusive use of the marital home along
with possession of the children, Sidney's parenting time
to be that set forth in the trial court's standard
visitation guidelines. The second choice was to remain with
the children in Las Vegas, and pay all expenses for them to
visit Sidney in Ohio over the Thanksgiving and Christmas
breaks. October 27, 2015, attorney John Ams was appointed
guardian ad litem for the children. November 3, 2015, Tierra
counterclaimed for divorce.
Hearing was held before the magistrate November 4 and 13,
2015. The magistrate issued another temporary order December
4, 2015. He ordered that Tierra return to Ohio with the
children, and designated Tierra their temporary residential
parent. Sidney was given standard visitation. Tierra was
given exclusive use of the marital residence, free from
interference by Sidney. Sidney was ordered to pay all
expenses associated with the marital residence and household.
While not embodied in the temporary order, it appears the
parties agreed Tierra should have use of a van owned by
Sidney saw the children at Thanksgiving, 2015, evidently in
Las Vegas. Tierra returned to Ohio in December 2015.
In the early morning hours of January 26, 2016, Sidney drove
past the marital residence. At trial, he testified he saw a
man get out of a taxi, and enter the house briefly. He
admitted to grabbing the man when he exited, but claimed the
man fled to the taxi. Tierra testified that the man was a
friend, bringing her some money for food, since Sidney had
provided little, and that they spoke on the porch. She
testified when she saw Sidney approaching, she entered the
house, but that Sidney came in, and grabbed her. Sidney was
charged with domestic violence.
Following the January 26, 2016 incident, Tierra took the
children to her father's house in Warren, Ohio. Sidney
thereafter entered the marital residence, to which he
retained keys. He removed most of the furnishings. He changed
the security alarm code. He further had the utilities turned
off. At the time of trial in this matter, July 11, 2016,
Tierra still had no water. Sidney largely ceased exercising
his visitation rights until the summer of 2016.
Hearing was held before the trial court February 11, 2016. By
an order filed February 12, 2016, the trial court ordered
Sidney to give Tierra all the keys to the marital residence.
It further appears Sydney had sold the van which was supposed
to be for Tierra's use to a friend, thus invalidating the
registration and plates. He was ordered to rectify this
situation. By the time of trial, he had not: Tierra testified
she had been stopped and warned by police on seven different
Hearing was held before the magistrate March 18, 2016. By an
order filed March 22, 2016, the magistrate ordered Sidney to
pay $983 a month in child support, retroactive to January ...