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Back to School Season - Understanding Different Physical Custody Options

Posted by Sarah Malik on August 22, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

With summer almost behind us, parents and children will be returning to their back-to-school schedules.  For parents that are in the process of separating, it is important to understand that in establishing a physical custody schedule for their children, schedules can change throughout the year.  Specifically, the physical custody schedule can be different for the academic year versus the summer.  This is a significant point to understand because a parent may hav...

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Increasing the Likelihood of Success in Mediation

Posted by Sarah Malik on July 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When parents or couples decide to separate, pursue a divorce or are considering a modification of a family related matter, their decision to pursue mediation is likely due to their interest to keep the matter civilized, efficient and save money. These objectives are more likely to be met if the parties prepare for the mediation in a number of different ways.


First, prepare emotionally. This may be obvious but sometimes folks ar...

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Tweeting About Your Family Case? Think Again.

Posted by Sarah Malik on June 15, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It is more likely than not, you, your child or your spouse have at least one social media account. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even LinkedIn, nearly everyone has an online presence. When it comes to divorce, custody or other family law matters, the content you put on social media can be fair game in presenting one's case in court.

How do social media accounts affect family law cases? First, the content (photos or status updates)...

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Considering Relocating With Your Child?

Posted by Sarah Malik on June 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

New job opportunities, wanting to live near family or simply needing a change of scenery are some of the reasons why parents consider moving out of state with their child.  When you are part of a custody order or agreement, the decision to move cannot be taken lightly. In the state of Maryland, a court can require in a custody order that if either parent seeks torelocate, that he or she provide written notice to the court at least 90 daysin advance of the relocation. ...

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Naming a Guardian For Your Young Children

Posted by Sarah Malik on January 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have minor children, it is imperative that you designate a guardian to raise your kids in the even that both parents pass away before your children become an adult.  If you don't name a guardian in your Will, a guardian will be selected for you by a judge, which may not always be your sibling, close friend or parent.  While close family or friends can petition to be the guardian, there is no guarantee that one would be selected or if unnecessary delay would res...

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Stewart v. Stewart (MD App 2013) - Court of Special Appeals upholds Prenuptial Agreement

Posted by Sarah Malik on October 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In 1988, Barbara married James Stewart who, at the time, owned a successful construction business. Barbara worked at a daycare center, earning minimum wage.  Before themarriage, the parties entered into a prenuptial agreement where Barbara waived any and all interest in his assets.  James was represented by counsel and it was his attorney that drafted the prenup and presented it to Barbara four days before the set wedding date.  Despite the relative short notice,...

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Consider Mediation - Resolving Family Matters in Peace

Posted by Sarah Malik on September 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Published in Lakelands Kentlands Life magazine - August 2013


What comes to mind when most people think about custody or divorce cases?  Unpleasant, emotional, scary and stressful litigation.  While some couples and families that are transitioning to a new phase of life participate in a legal battle, all do not have to.  Most family matters can be resolved amicably if the parties are ready, willing and...

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Baby Veronica Update

Posted by Sarah Malik on August 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Baby Veronica was at the center of the June 25, 2013 Supreme Court of the United States decision in Adoptive Parents v. Baby Girl, which held that the baby’s birth father is not protected from having his parental rights ended under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  After the SCOTUS decision, a South Carolina court awarded the adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, custody on July 30, 2013, which was not enforced in Oklahoma.  Despite efforts for the ...

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