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Oct Oct 1, 2019

Information about Consent for Potential Adoptive Parents in Annapolis

Many situations can present an opportunity to adopt a child in this ever changing world. The deaths of parents often result in an adoption by a family member, also known as a kinship adoption. Children given up by their biological parents, or who have been removed by the state and placed in the foster care [...]

Sep Sep 18, 2019

Helping a Friend or Loved One through Divorce

Divorce is an already paralyzing event for many men and women, and it comes with a flurry of emotions. Guilt, anger, jealousy, fear, and betrayal can be just the tip of the iceberg, depending on the circumstances under which the parties are splitting up. Friends and loved ones may have a similar feeling of betrayal, [...]

Sep Sep 5, 2019

Are Final Judgments Always Final in Maryland Divorces?

At the end of your divorce proceedings, the court will issue a divorce decree. It is the formal order (sometimes called the final judgment) that says your marriage is over. A divorce decree is issued in limited divorce cases and in absolute divorce cases. However, just because the divorce decree is a legally binding document, [...]

Aug Aug 21, 2019

The Role of the Guardian ad Litem, or Best Interest Attorney

If you have children, you have disagreements over co-parenting, especially if you are headed for divorce. If you are already there, adding stepparents or paramours to the mix may lead to actions that affect your children. Many times these situations lead you to court, and to minimize the impact on your children that a high [...]

Aug Aug 7, 2019

Determining Parenting Time for De Facto Parents

In 2016, Maryland began recognizing de facto parents by giving them legal standing in custody and visitation decisions. A de facto (“in fact”) parent is a person who plays a significant, parent-like role in a child's life. A de facto parent has taken on parenting responsibilities for the child and has bonded with the child, [...]

Jul Jul 24, 2019

5 Interesting Divorce Facts and Trends

Humans are complicated creatures. Two people can fall passionately in love and move heaven and earth to be together – yet when things go south, they become filled with a vengeful rage and will stop at nothing to get out of the marriage. Given the fascinating nature of the dynamics of human relationships, a lot [...]

Jul Jul 3, 2019

Emergency Child Custody in Maryland

There is nothing more terrifying to a parent than believing your child is in danger. When the cause of the danger is your co-parent, however, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your child’s protection. If you believe that your child is facing an immediate health or safety risk, you can request an [...]

Jun Jun 17, 2019

5 Tips for Making a Good Impression in Maryland Divorce Court

At some point, you may have to make a court appearance during your divorce case. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have to sit in the witness chair and give testimony. Clients are often nervous about this part of the divorce process, especially if it is the first time they have gone [...]

Jun Jun 5, 2019

Do You Qualify as a de facto Parent in Maryland?

How we define the word "family" is growing and evolving as the culture evolves and the laws shift to accommodate the way people are living their lives. A de facto ("in fact") parent is someone who has developed an important relationship in the life of a child. It is a person who has cared for [...]

May May 22, 2019

Second Parent, Stepparent and Adult Adoption – The Many Ways to Make a Family

Although our laws have, historically, been based on a married man and a woman playing the role of the father and mother of a child, our culture is changing, and our ideas of what makes a family are evolving. Sometimes, the laws catch up quickly; sometimes, they do not. The good news is that Maryland [...]

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