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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sep Sep 26, 2018

Co-Parenting and Parental Relocation

After a divorce when children are involved, the issue of parental relocation can be quite complex. Sometimes it may seem like a difficult puzzle to solve, but, there is good news: it is possible to put together a parenting plan, or modify an existing one, that can allow one parent to relocate but still meet [...]

Nov Nov 22, 2017

Alimony: Will I Receive It or Have to Pay It?

Many clients, when they come in, are concerned about alimony; whether they will receive it or whether they'll have to pay it. We have two kinds of alimony in Maryland. The first is transitional alimony, which is paid for a specific length of time, and the purpose of it is to allow one of the [...]

Nov Nov 15, 2017

7 Unexpected Upsides of Divorce Nobody Talks About

Divorce is never easy, and many people feel great regret, sadness and anger when their marriages end. However, there are some unexpected upsides to getting a divorce, and acknowledging them is healthy. If you were unhappy in your marriage, if you felt trapped, if you were betrayed or unappreciated – once the divorce is over, [...]

Oct Oct 25, 2017

Maryland Child Support Enforcement Tools: Liens on Real Estate or Other Property

It is the responsibility of both parents to support a child financially. When one parent fails to pay his or her share of the costs, it often falls to the other parent to make up the difference. Fortunately, the state of Maryland has established a host of options for enforcing child support orders. The Maryland [...]

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