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Stepparent Adoptions: Why and How?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on October 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A stepparent adoption is an independent adoption where a stepparent adopts the child of his or her spouse. The spouse remains a parent and legal guardian of the child and the other biological parent must provide consent or terminate their parental rights.


There are many reasons why a person may choose to adopt a stepchild:

*The stepparent is playing a very active day-to-day part ...

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Co-Parenting: A Little Goes A Long Way

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on October 5, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We have all heard the phrase, "It's the Little Things in Life." And no phrase could be more true than a child with two parents in two different homes. When it comes to co-parenting, and really all kinds of parenting, the little things go a long way in offering stability, happiness and peace to a child. For co-parents, that means getting along (at least on surface level) for your child. Below are a few simple tips to help any and all parenting relationships:

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My Child Is 18 - Now What?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on July 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Once your child turns 18 and graduates high school, he or she is no longer a child in the eyes of the law. While it may be scary to think that your child is actually an adult, the fact of the matter is that they now have the legal right to govern their own life. So what does that mean for you?


Child Support - The legal obligation to support your child ends. While many parents will continue to support their children in other ways (...

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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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