Mediation and Family Law Blog
Maryland & Washington, DC
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on April 15, 2019 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
When it comes to divorce, two things come to mind: money and kids. With kids, the issues boil down to custody (physical and legal) and child support. While these are not easy topics to tackle, they are usually better understood by parents beginning the divorce process.
Property, wealth and income, however, are often difficult to understand when determining how they all play out in your divorce. There are...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Most attorney client relationships begin with an initial consultation. Sometimes these can be over the phone or, more likely, in person. If you have the ability to meet with your attorney in person, do that. If the attorney is someone that you will be working with for weeks, months or even years, getting to know them and determining whether you are compatible is important.
Some family law attorneys provide free initial consultations, whi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on December 4, 2018 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
With the holiday season upon us, challenges in co-parenting are more present than ever. Providing a holiday season that is memorable and stress -free for your children may be the greatest gift you can give them. For co-parents, here are a few tips that can help the entire family enjoy the holidays.
Be on top of the schedule. Review your agreement or court order in advance (especially if you have not looked it...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on October 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on October 5, 2018 at 11:55 PM||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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|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on July 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM||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 (...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on May 31, 2018 at 11:40 PM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on April 11, 2018 at 10:00 PM||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...Read Full Post »