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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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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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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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Increasing the Likelihood of Success in Mediation

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on July 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (2)

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 I. Malik on June 15, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

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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