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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 [...]

Mar Mar 13, 2019

Maryland Expands Guardianship Laws to Protect Immigrant Children

In a groundbreaking move, Maryland has become one of two states that now allow immigrant parents to appoint guardians for their children in the event they are deported. As enforcement against undocumented immigrants increases and parents become separated from their children, either extended family members take over their care, or – more tragically – children [...]

Feb Feb 27, 2019

Lessons in High-Asset Divorce, Starring Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos

In January, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie announced they were planning to divorce. This set off dozens and dozens of articles and think pieces speculating about how the couple’s billion-dollar fortune might be divided. Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos have been married for 25 years; in fact, Mackenzie was one of [...]

Feb Feb 13, 2019

Can You Go to Jail If You Don’t Pay Alimony in Maryland?

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is a financial award designed to help a more financially dependent spouse during or after a divorce. Maryland law has several types of spousal support designed to help the lesser-earning spouse until he or she can improve his or her ability to support him or herself financially. The [...]

Jan Jan 30, 2019

Common Financial Issues in Maryland Divorce

The pain of divorce is emotional and financial. Not only is the significant relationship in your life at an end, but your financial future is beginning to look murky. While every divorce is as unique as the two people who are separating, there are common financial issues that most couples will have to face. The [...]

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