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GUARDIANSHIP & CUSTODY IN MARYLAND

FAMILY LAW LAWYER IN MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP A legal guardian is someone that takes over day-to-day decision making and control of the child that the natural guardian cannot. The legal guardian will make all parenting decisions including requesting and accepting medical treatment on a child’s behalf, enroll the child in public school in the guardian’s community and provide for the child’s general welfare. Keep in mind this does not include financial responsibility as this still remains with the parents but depending on the parent’s situation, guardians often provide financial support. It’s always best to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you with...

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WILLS & POWER OF ATTORNEY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Wills & Power of Attorney in Maryland Although Maryland law regards wills and powers of attorney as separate documents, both create rights and responsibilities for different parties. Both create a mechanism for one person to legally act on behalf of another and both have specific provisions under Maryland law that they must meet to be valid. A will is a legal document that describes how the person drafting the document wants to have their assets and property disposed of when he/she dies. The will appoints an executor who distributes the assets on behalf of the decedent. If someone dies...

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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Grandparents Visitation Rights in Maryland 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 Maryland family law...

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CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS

CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND Obtaining and ensuring child support payments can be tough Since 1990, Maryland has used a very particular child support calculator to determine the amount to be paid. The guideline is designed to estimate the percentage of income that parents would spend on children if the parents were living in the same household. The formula begins with each parent’s actual monthly income. If a parent is not working and has no other form of income, the court can still assign income if it finds that the parent has the ability to work. Additionally, each parent’s actual or assigned income can...

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CHILD CUSTODY, VISITATION & SUPPORT

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND Child custody and visitation is another important part of the divorce proceeding. When contemplating which parent should get primary custody the Court must reach a decision that is "in the best interest of the child." There are several major facts that the Courts will consider before awarding primary custody to one parent or the other: parents ability provide for the child, continuity of primary caregiver, lifestyle and conduct of parents, mental and physical health of parents, child's age and preference. Stability of the environment is key. In previous years under the "tender years" doctrine the Courts were able...

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CHILD CUSTODY INTERSTATE JURISDICTION ISSUES

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER Family law is very complex, especially when it pertains to child custody. Although the Uniform Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was designed to resolve any complexities between states, if you find yourself in the middle of an interstate child custody dispute, contact an experienced Maryland family law attorney who can help you. If the parents live in different states or nations, the first issue that must be resolved is whether the court has proper jurisdiction over the person to handle the child custody or support dispute. The UCCJEA is the law that spells out the rules for...

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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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PARENTAL ALIENATION SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER When a couple is going through a divorce or separation, the entire family is affected and those affects can be lasting and significant. Children are often times the most affected because they have not had the years of experience that it takes to understand and deal with emotional trauma. In the same way that their young minds are more susceptible to emotional stress, they are also far more susceptible to manipulation. Parental Alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family...

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WILLS & ESTATES FAQ

MARYLAND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY Its that subject that many of us don’t want to talk about, let alone think about – what will happen when we pass away? We are not going to get into the spiritual and metaphysical on this page today, but what we can do is help you understand what happens to your personal property when you pass away. Our great country’s Constitution sets laws and regulations that create the foundation for every state’s specific laws regarding the passage of property following an individual’s passing. Each state will have a slightly different set of laws determining how property will...

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CHILD GUARDIANSHIP

MARYLAND CHILD GUARDIANSHIP ATTORNEY CHILD GUARDIANSHIPS IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND Child guardianship is a serious issue. It is a lot of responsibility to become the guardian of another person. You are given the responsibility of making the most important decisions on their behalf, and obligated to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The process to become the guardian of a minor in the state of Maryland is appropriately complex and should be handled by an experienced Maryland child guardianship attorney. Steps to Become a Guardian Petition the Court - In order to become a guardian of a minor, the individual must first petition the...

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