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,…

Maryland is an equitable distribution of marital property state, which means that marital property may not always be divided 50/50. Instead, Maryland courts strive to fairly, not necessarily equally, divide and distribute all marital property between spouses in an absolute divorce or legal separation. What is Marital Property in Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’as County…

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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