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…

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….

In the last 20 years, gray divorces have increased throughout Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland. More married couples over the age of 60 have been divorcing with the divorce rate in this age group doubling between 1990 and 2010, according to a study by Bowling Green State University. Given the frequency of…

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…

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