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The Initial Consultation - What is it? What can I expect? How do I prepare?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments 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...

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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.


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

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Back to School Season - Understanding Different Physical Custody Options

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on August 22, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (1)

With summer almost behind us, parents and children will be returning to their back-to-school schedules.  For parents that are in the process of separating, it is important to understand that in establishing a physical custody schedule for their children, schedules can change throughout the year.  Specifically, the physical custody schedule can be different for the academic year versus the summer.  This is a significant point to understand because a parent may hav...

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Legal Custody Unraveled

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on June 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

You often hear someone say “She has custody of the kids” or “He lost custody of his kids” but what does that really mean?  In most situations, people are probably referring to the physical custody – where and with whom the child lives.  However, custody is made up of two parts: physical and legal custody.  Taylor v.Taylor, 306 Md. 290 (1986).  Physical custody is the more obvious part: with which parent does the child live and u...

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