Id. Rule 54 thus indicates that finality with respect to parties and claims is a key aspect of a judgment as it relates to its entry and appealability. These factors easy identification of the time judgment is entered, fair notice to the parties, and finality of the decisionshould determine the point at which entry of judgment occurs in cases in which the express provisions of Rule 58 are ineffective for that purpose. When the clerk makes a notation in the minutes as provided in each paragraph of the rule, the time judgment is entered is readily apparent. Absent such a notation, however, as here, we must examine the facts of record to determine if judgment was entered at a clearly identifiable time. The record indicates that on 17 January 1989, the trial court announced in open court that the Washington decree would receive full faith and credit and that custody would not change from defendant to plaintiff. The court thus rendered judgment that day on the custody issue. There is no indication, (visit site) however, that it made any direction to the clerk to enter judgment. *643 On the contrary, the court directed counsel for defendant to "draw the Order." The parties continued to negotiate visitation privileges with the express understanding that counsel would not draw the order until the parties got "squared away on ... Christmas." Though the court rendered judgment as to custody on 17 January 1989, these circumstances do not establish an entry of judgment at that time.
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