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CHILD SUPPORT IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND

FAMILY LAWYER IN MARYLAND MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY HELPS WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF CHILD SUPPORT Child support in Maryland is designed to ensure that every child in the state receives adequate financial support, whether the parents are legally separated, divorced, or if they never married in the first place. Support generally takes the form of payments from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. The custodial parent is defined as the parent who provides the majority of the care to the child, and this means that the parent who has been awarded a greater share of custody in divorce proceedings, will...

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HOW & WHY TO ESTABLISH PATERNITY

FAMILY LAWYER IN MARYLAND ATTORNEY HELPING WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW Its that subject that many of us don’t want to talk about, let alone think about – what will happen when we pass away? Many people don’t understand that father’s of children are often times not automatically assigned paternity following the birth of their child. Even having your name put on the birth certificate at the hospital does not guarantee that your paternity will be established. What Is Paternity? Paternity is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “the state of being someone’s father”. This seems simple enough, but what does father really mean?...

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PRENUPTIAL CONTRACT / AGREEMENT

MARYLAND DIVORCE LAWYER ATTORNEY HELPING WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF GETTING DIVORCED In the State of Maryland, agreements made prior to the time of the ceremony between spouses-to-be is called a prenuptial contract or agreement. Typically, valid prenuptial agreements remain enforceable after divorce. Precedent shows us that prenuptial agreements are very difficult to void. However, this may change. In March of 2013, a Brooklyn court invalidated a prenuptial agreement that a Long Island woman had signed with her millionaire husband before their 1998 wedding. This is a precedent-setting move, and divorce lawyers in every state are sitting up and taking notice. For this reason,...

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GETTING DIVORCED IN MARYLAND

MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY ATTORNEY HELPING WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF GETTING DIVORCED Divorce is the legal end to a marriage as ordered by a court. If you are considering getting divorced, contact a Maryland divorce attorney at our office for consultation about your specific legal issues. In the state of Maryland, a petitioner may ask for two types of divorce: absolute and limited. The most common type of divorce completed in the state is absolute. An absolute divorce is permanent, terminates all property claims by both parties, and permits remarriage if there is a reconciliation by both parties. A limited divorce is not permanent...

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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY

When courts need to make a decisions about child custody or visitation, the court balances what is best for the child with what a parent’s constitutional right is in regards to how the child should be raised. There are a variety of factors the court will look at including the role of any other party such as grandparents. Maryland law allows grandparents to ask the court for visitation rights and even custody rights. If you are trying to get visitation rights for your grandchild, make sure to contact an experienced attorney who can help you with your case. The natural parent’s...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ETHNICITY IMMIGRATION & CHILD-CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER Maryland Domestic Violence Domestic violence is a violent confrontation between household members involving physical harm or sexual assault. It can be between spouses, former spouses, those in or formerly in a dating relationship, adults related by blood and those who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship. Domestic violence, beyond just being physically abusive, is also psychological. The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse and isolation to coerce and control the other person. Under Maryland law, the following crimes will be considered domestic violence: assault child abuse rape and other...

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DIVORCE OPTIONS

DIVORCE LAWYER IN MARYLAND EXPLAINS YOUR DIVORCE OPTIONS Comparing Collaborative, Mediation and Litigation Unfortunately, many marriages don’t last the test of time. Each couple has a unique relationship, meaning each divorce is unique as well. There are several divorce options for couples seeking to separate in the state of Maryland and it’s important to understand each option and choose what is best for you and your family. Fortunately, divorce often doesn’t occur in a courtroom and is instead decided upon through many meetings and conversations. Seek out assistance from an experienced divorce lawyer in Maryland to learn more about the various options...

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT It can feel like the battle is over once the court rules in your favor regarding child support. Unfortunately, the enforcement of child support can be challenging. What is a parent to do if an ex-spouse fails or refuses to pay the child support they have been ordered to give? If you find yourself in this situation, contact a Maryland child support attorney immediately. Child Support Enforcement Administration The state of Maryland has a specific agency for the enforcement of court-ordered child support. You can contact the Maryland Child...

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ADOPTION IN MARYLAND

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND ADOPTION IN MARYLAND In the State of Maryland, “adoption is the creation of a parent-child relationship by a judicial order between people who are not a natural parent and a child” (The people’s Law Library of Maryland.) Under the law, once the court orders an adoption, it ends the parental rights and responsibilities of the natural parents. Any adult who is not the natural parent may petition the court for an adoption. The petitioner may be single or married and is required to complete a 27-hour home study course. Maryland law also requires that the legal guardians of...

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MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY EXPLAINS DIVIDING MARITAL PROPERTY

MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY MARITAL AND NON-MARITAL PROPERTY Divorce is never an easy event to go through as there are a lot of emotional and financial difficulties to figure out. When a couple gets divorced, all the property acquired during the marriage (furniture, cars, appliances, stocks, bank accounts, pensions etc) regardless of who purchased it, must be divided. Having an experienced Maryland divorce attorney on you side is important to protect your legal rights. The only exception would be non-marital property - property that was received by one spouse as a gift or inheritance from a third party. Non-marital property could be obtained before...

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