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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 [...]

May May 8, 2019

The Importance of Second Parent Adoption in Maryland

In light of today’s continually changing legal landscape, we thought it would be a good time to re-visit the concept of second parent adoption. Briefly, second parent adoption is when one partner legally adopts his or her partner’s child, to secure legal and equal rights as a parent. The importance of handling your second parent [...]

Apr Apr 24, 2019

How Mental Health Can Affect a Divorce

Mental illness can affect all aspects of a divorce. For some couples, a spouse’s condition can be the grounds for the divorce; for others, mental illness could lead one spouse to fear for his or her safety, or the safety of the children. The topic itself is difficult to discuss, but it is necessary to [...]

Apr Apr 10, 2019

Could Your Career Raise Your Risk of Divorce?

It is no secret that stress on the job can bring stress into your marriage. Job-related stressors can include issues around pay (not enough, or a financial imbalance between spouses), working too many hours, or bringing one’s dissatisfaction at work back home to the family. The work-life balance is a real challenge, and if things [...]

Mar Mar 27, 2019

Does Remarriage Affect My Child Support?

During the process of your divorce, any issues regarding child support were decided in your divorce decree, a court-ordered document. However, if your ex-spouse remarries into an improved financial situation, are you still responsible for the same amount of child support? This is a good question. With spousal support, a change in financial circumstances for [...]

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