Every holiday season there is a drastic increase in the number of requests for protective orders. While the majority of the petitioners that filed for a Final Protective Order in Maryland have valid claims of intimate partner violence and abuse, some petitioners attempt to game the system in an effort to gain leverage in their…

Often the largest hurdle in starting your divorce, child custody, child support, or paternity proceeding is ensuring proper Maryland process service. Service of process “is the procedure by which a party to a lawsuit gives appropriate notice of initial legal action to another party.” Without proper service, you will be unable to move forward with…

For many families throughout Maryland, charitable donations are a crucial part of the holiday season. While the main purpose of providing charitable donations in Maryland is to give back to the less fortunate, there are many tax benefits that should be considered as well. Maryland Charitable Donations are Tax Deductible Making a donation to a qualified…

For some fathers paternity testing in Maryland maybe an important topic they may have to address with their significant other. Paternity is the legal or biological relationship between a father and his child. When a married woman gives birth to a child in Maryland, the law assumes that the woman’s husband is also the father…

In Maryland, stepparent adoptions represent one of the most common forms of adoption. Most Maryland stepparent adoptions occur when one parent is largely absent or has completely abandoned the child. In this case, a Maryland stepparent will petition the Maryland Circuit Court to establish legal parental rights to a child. What is a Maryland Stepparent…

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