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Changes in Maryland Law

Maryland Law recently changed to allow a divorce if the parties:  a. mutually consent to divorce b. do not have any minor children in common c. execute, sign and submit to the court a written settlement agreement relating to alimony … Continue reading

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Temporary Custody and Guardianship Issues

We are often asked by clients to draw up a document appointing a temporary guardian for their children. Unfortunately, the only document which is provided for under the Maryland Code is a document which appoints a standby guardian for six … Continue reading

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Spouse can be Responsible for Paying for Child Whom She is not Allowed to Visit With?

Conover v. Conover is a recently decided case by the Court of Special Appeals involving a lesbian couple. In that case, a spouse, who was neither the biological nor adoptive parent, of a child conceived (through artificial insemination), before the marriage, … Continue reading

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In For A Penny, In For A Pound

In the case of Friedetzky v. Hsia, a New York resident was alleged to be the father of a child in a custody action brought in Maryland, by the child’s mother. The New York resident requested a paternity test and … Continue reading

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Children Wrongfully Removed From Peru May Remain in Maryland

When a parent flees to another country with a child to evade the other parent’s custody rights, the Hague Convention, generally requires the child’s immediate return so that custody rights can be determined in the child’s country of residence. However, the United States Court is not bound to order the … Continue reading

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Help For Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned Children Out of Immigration Status

A special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) is a child who is abused, neglected, or abandoned and who, with their family, illegally entered the United States. The law still requires that the immigrant child obtain an order from a state court making … Continue reading

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Under Divorce Agreement, Deferred Retirement Benefits Are the Same as Pension Benefits

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has recently ruled that benefits in the deferred retirement option program are the same as pension benefits under divorce agreement, entitling the ex-wife to one-half of the marital share of ex-husband’s pension.

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Child Support Can be Awarded if Adult Dependent May be Able to Work in Future

In the case of Fitzzaland v. Zahn, an appeal of a Frederick Circuit Decision by Judge Niklas, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that child support was properly awarded for an adult autistic dependant child who may be able … Continue reading

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Yale Trained Lawyer Gets Alimony – Judge Rules That She is Not Required to Work

In the recent case of Reynolds v. Reynolds, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals denied a husband’s request to overturn a trial judge’s ruling that failed to credit $30,000 to $40,000 in income to his wife for purposes of calculating … Continue reading

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Lengthy Visitation Within Six Months Does Not Impact Which State Is Granted Custody Jurisdiction

When parents live far apart, in different states, it is often critical which state’s court has jurisdiction over a disputed custody case. The state that has jurisdiction will have the dispute heard in the courts located in that state. Thus, … Continue reading

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