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How To Navigate The Holidays and Co-Parenting

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on December 4, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments 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...

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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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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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