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…

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,…

One of the biggest disputes in divorce proceedings is figuring out what should happen to the marital home in Maryland. For most divorcing couples, the marital home is the most valuable asset acquired during the marriage and that may cause complications in a Maryland divorce proceedings. Generally, most families are emotionally attached to the marital home, and…

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…

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