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…

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…

Every year, Maryland’s legislature passes new laws that impact many Maryland family law cases. This session, the Maryland legislature passed a significant number of family law related bills into laws. Here is a look at several new laws that, beginning October 1, 2017, may potentially change your divorce, domestic violence, child support, or other Maryland…

In Maryland, retroactive child support or back child support, can be ordered by a judge if no support is paid before the final support order is entered. Retroactive child support is also known as back support because it starts accumulating “as far back” as the date of the filing. 
If the parents were married, retroactive child…

January is the month of rejuvenation. For many people, this is the time of year to close the door on last year’s problems and focus on the upcoming year’s potential. The start of the New Year is an excellent opportunity to make life improvements, such as starting the divorce process in Maryland. In the United States,…

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