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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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Prenuptial Agreements - Love it or Leave it?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on December 10, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

What comes to mind when many people think about signing a pre-nuptial (or "prenup") before marriage? Well that marriage is doomed! Or, how could you think about divorce when you are planning your wedding?!


While prenups are often looked down upon, the truth is that a prenup can serve as a smart planning tool in the event of the unthinkable.


Do all couples need a prenup? Not at all. But, if you a...

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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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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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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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Considering Relocating With Your Child?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on June 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

New job opportunities, wanting to live near family or simply needing a change of scenery are some of the reasons why parents consider moving out of state with their child.  When you are part of a custody order or agreement, the decision to move cannot be taken lightly. In the state of Maryland, a court can require in a custody order that if either parent seeks torelocate, that he or she provide written notice to the court at least 90 daysin advance of the relocation. ...

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