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New Law Expands Mutual Consent Divorce Grounds

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on May 31, 2018 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Maryland legislature recently passed a new law that permits Mutual Consent divorces in cases where the parties have minor children. This law becomes effective October 1, 2018. 


Under the current rule regarding the mutual consent divorce, only parties without minor children (they can have adult children) can get a divorce under this ground so long as they have resolved all of their issues regarding alimony, maritaly property and ...

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Case Summary (Maryland Court of Special Appeals): Office of Child Support Enforcement (Polly) v. Brown

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on April 11, 2018 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT EX REL. LASHAUN POLLY (DECEASED) v. DOUGLAS BROWN

April 5, 2018


The Court of Special Appeals reversed the circuit court's ruling, finding that the minor child's grandmother may receive the child support payments escrowed to the minor child's deceased parent and that the trial court cannot eliminate a parent's child support arrears upon the...

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Quickie Divorce? Understanding the Timeline of the Divorce Process

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on March 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We have all heard of the quickie wedding (last minute elopement or rash decision in Vegas), but, unfortunately, most divorces are not as quick. Sometimes, the divorce process can take longer than an actual marriage. One of the most common questions family law attorneys field is “how long will this case take?” The long and the short of it is, longer than you think if you do not plan strategically!


In Maryland, most case...

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Child's Counsel: Understanding Best Interest Attorney v. Child Privilege Attorney

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on February 7, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In custody cases, especially those that are high conflict, it is not uncommon for courts to appointment a counsel for the child. This can come in two forms in Maryland: a Best Interest Attorney or a Child Privilege Attorney. In some states, the Best Interest Attorney can be called Guardian Ad Litem.


A Child Privilege Attorney (CPA) is tasked with only one job – to determine whether or not to waive the statutory psychiatric privileg...

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International Travel with Children - Requirements and Considerations

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 16, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

With the warmer weather around the corner (hopefully!), families may begin planning spring break or even summer travel. For parents that plan to travel alone with their children (meaning without the other parent), here are a few tips to keep in mind as you obtain a passport or head to the airport.


PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

To obtain a U.S. passport for your child, check out the State Department website for passpor...

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Eight New Tax Laws That Can Affect Changing Families

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 3, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. However, many folks still do not know how exactly this new law will actually impact their families and taxes in 2018 and beyond. With respect to parents, couples that are divorcing and single individuals, here are some of the most relevant changes.


First, most of the tax changes are effective 2018 and will not affect your 2017 taxes to be filed in the coming months.

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Prenuptial Agreements - Love it or Leave it?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on December 10, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

What comes to mind when many people think about signing a pre-nuptial (or "prenup") before marriage? Well that marriage is doomed! Or, how could you think about divorce when you are planning your wedding?!


While prenups are often looked down upon, the truth is that a prenup can serve as a smart planning tool in the event of the unthinkable.


Do all couples need a prenup? Not at all. But, if you a...

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Navigating Academics in Two Homes

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on November 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Children that are in the middle of their parents' divorce have an increased likelihood of suffering academically. Even after a divorce is finalized, there is a chance that their academics may decline if the parents are not on the same page regarding managing academic needs and expectations. In addition to the emotional changes a child is working through, the differing parenting styles and expectations of each home can have an impact on how a child performs in school.

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