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Maryland Family Law

Reasons to Modify Child Custody Agreements and Visitation Orders in Maryland

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Your child custody agreement outlines physical custody, which determines parental access and visitation, and legal custody, which determines decision-making authority. Both components are crucial to your rights and responsibilities as a parent. While your current child custody orders may have been suitable when you first divorced or when the court initially established them, circumstances can […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Relocation Laws in Maryland

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Child custody laws in Maryland not only govern the court’s initial decisions regarding a child’s custody and decision-making, but also what unfolds over time. It is not uncommon for life to change, which means that parents may need to make adjustments to existing child custody agreements. For that to happen, though, careful exploration of the […]

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How Can I Avoid Paying Alimony in Maryland? What Disqualifies You from Alimony?

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Navigating the intricacies of alimony in Maryland can be a challenging aspect of divorce proceedings. For those potentially liable for alimony payments, understanding your options and legal rights is crucial. This guide aims to provide insight into avoiding, modifying, or terminating alimony in Maryland, with a focus on the payer’s perspective. Strategies for Avoiding Alimony […]

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Separation Agreement in Maryland

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Separation Agreement in Maryland In Maryland, there is no legal status known as a “legal separation.” Couples are either married or divorced. However, a separation agreement can be established when couples decide to live apart in anticipation of divorce. They may decide to execute what is known as a separation agreement, property settlement agreement, or […]

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How to Get Custody of a Child in Maryland | 8 Steps to Take

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In Maryland, child custody laws are based on the best interests of the child, a principle that prioritizes the child’s overall wellbeing and development. Understanding these laws is crucial for parents or guardians seeking custody. Whether you’re a unmarried partner seeking custody, a grandparent or a nonparent party child custody in Maryland is not about […]

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Maryland No-Fault and Uncontested Divorce: 2023 Update

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Sometimes, a marriage just doesn’t work out. Two people grow apart. Maybe you’ve become too different in later years. Perhaps there have been little conflicts, but no big blow-up. In many cases, spouses simply realize that they are not in love and don’t make good partners anymore. And that’s OK. These situations are exactly what […]

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Custody for Unmarried Maryland Couples

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Being a father can be an incredibly fulfilling experience in life. However, for fathers who are not married to their child’s mother, the situation can sometimes become complex. In Maryland, unmarried spouses still possess significant rights regarding their children, regardless of marital status. Here is what you need to know about the rights of unmarried […]

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“Non-Parental” Parents in Maryland

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Understanding Non-Parental and Third-Party Custody Rights in Maryland In Maryland, “Non-Parental” or “Third-Party” custody refers to situations where individuals other than the biological parents are granted custodial rights over a child. This typically arises when the biological parents are incapable or unwilling to fulfill their parental responsibilities. The landmark 2016 Maryland Court of Appeals case […]

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What is a Family Law Attorney?

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Family law is an important branch of legal services. A family law attorney is someone who helps families plan for the future through sound legal advice and documents built to last. We forge the foundations that help families grow, come together, or separate peacefully. A family law attorney can help you build the legal structures […]

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