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…

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…

Most engaged couples with a wedding on the horizon, rarely consider that they may one day decide to divorce their future significant other. Despite the unromantic nature of considering a divorce, an engaged couple should carefully consider a worst-case scenario for their relationship. A Maryland antenuptial agreement, may potentially reduce the risk of lengthy divorce litigation….

For many parents ending a relationship can be difficult. For same-sex parents, ending a relationship with the biological parent of their child once meant that they forfeited all rights to visit and spend time with the child once the relationship terminated. Since the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruling in Conover v. Conover, non-biological parents,…

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