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MARYLAND MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution office was created to promote the availability and use of alternative dispute resolution throughout Maryland. They do this in a variety of ways such as collaborating with courts, ADR practitioner organizations and other stakeholders to advance the field of conflict resolution. They also provide grants and technical assistance to support court, community, school and universities and government ADR programs and projects. They provide training and presentations to courts, bar associations, and other organizations and groups for skill enhancement, professional growth, ethics matters and public information and awareness. They work to improve the...

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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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ADULTERY AS GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY Adultery as a Ground for Divorce Most people feel a sense of sadness when something comes to an end. Whether it was good or bad, there is still that feeling of loss and we’re sad to see it go. When it’s a marriage that is coming to an end, families are affected and that feeling of loss is magnified. When that end comes about because of adultery, the pain and sorrow can be unbearable for some, and in Maryland, proven adultery as a ground for divorce will affect the amount of alimony you pay/receive, and the amount of time...

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WHAT IS A GUARDIAN IN MARYLAND?

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND What is a Guardian in Maryland? A guardian is someone appointed by the Court to assume legal responsibility for another person or another person’s property, or both. Guardianship is appropriate and necessary when an individual is not capable of making their own decisions in society. Three examples are: Minors – Individuals who are under the age of 18 Mentally Disabled – Individuals who have been diagnose and treated for mental disability Elderly – Certain elderly individuals can be classified as unable to care for themselves, and will therefor require a guardian For the sake of time, we are...

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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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CONTESTED GUARDIANSHIPS

MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP LAWYER MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP LAWYER EXPLAINS CONTESTED GUARDIANSHIPS & INTERESTED PERSON’S RIGHTS Interested individuals have a large role in how guardianship of a minor, disabled person, or property is granted. Often, interested parties involvement will turn an uncontested guardianship case into a complicated battle, called a ‘contested guardianship.’ It may happen when the guardianship is being granted, or later down the line if an interested party believes the guardian is not doing a proper job of caring for the person or property. If you are fighting for guardianship, consult with a highly experienced Maryland guardianship lawyer for legal assistance. Who is an...

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