The end of a marriage is a stressful life event, especially when the parties are not on good terms. In some instances, criminal charges and protective orders may arise during the course of a divorce case, which can further exacerbates matters. In Maryland, although divorce and protective cases are civil, criminal charges and protective order…

Often, after a final protective order is entered, the parties may attempt to reconcile their broken relationship. Parties may enter into informal agreements that are directly contrary to “stay away” or “no contact” provisions in their restraining order. If for some reason the reconciliation does not work, and the parties find themselves at odds again,…

No one should have to experience domestic violence or its ricocheting ramifications. No person should have to choose between their safety and their ability to secure food and shelter. One of the last things any victim of intimate partner violence should be worried about is how to financially support themselves and their family because of…

In Maryland, a person may be eligible to obtain a Maryland protective order when the petitioner is abused by a spouse or romantic partner. To protect victims from continued harm, Maryland courts have the power to issue a protective order that can last up to one year to protect the petitioner from the perpetrator. While…

As a parent, you work hard to ensure the safety and well-being of your children. You strive to care for and protect your children from harm.  But when someone close to you harms your child, the fear, anger, and emotional trauma of the experience can leave you and your children feeling defenseless and terrified. In…

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