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Oct Oct 30, 2019

Joint Custody and Sole Custody, what is the difference?

Many have heard the terms “sole custody” and “joint custody”; however often times the meanings and implications of same are misunderstood. Joint custodial arrangements (physical and legal) are certainly more common than sole arrangements and are in most instances preferred by the Courts. In these arrangements, the parties share time with the children and have [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Nov Nov 28, 2018

Parenting Plans and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. For many, this means more time spent with family and friends. When you are divorced, however, and you co-parent your children, the holidays can add more stress than seems fair. When you create a Parenting Plan, your holiday schedule is planned in that document. Perhaps your child will alternate [...]

Jul Jul 25, 2018

Can DNA Paternity Testing Be Done Without the Father’s Approval?

Paternity testing is an issue that is naturally fraught with a lot of emotion. Proof of paternity answers an important question, which will have legal ramifications and a significant impact on the child's life. However, getting the suspected father to submit to a DNA test can be difficult in some cases, and you might wonder [...]

May May 16, 2018

Division of Property or “Child” Custody – Who Keeps the Dog in a Divorce?

Our pets light up our lives with faithful companionship and unconditional love. We consider them members of the family. Some of us think of our furry friends like children. If your pet is important to you and your family, and you are thinking about divorce, you should keep the future of your pet in mind [...]

Feb Feb 7, 2018

5 Tips to Reach a Child Custody Agreement Together

You love your child more than anything; all that you want is to make sure that he or she is cared for, and has his or her best interests taken care of by both you and your spouse. However, the two of you do not agree on how the custody arrangements should go, and it [...]

Jan Jan 12, 2017

Child Custody Decisions in Maryland Military Divorce

Deciding child custody can be challenging enough, but when one of the parents is on active duty in the military it can add another layer of difficulty to this emotional dispute. Parents should not have to choose between their duty to serve their country and their desire to participate in the upbringing of their child, [...]

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