Mediation and Family Law Blog
Maryland & Washington, DC
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on March 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM||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!
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|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on February 7, 2018 at 3:45 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 16, 2018 at 12:05 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on January 3, 2018 at 12:45 AM||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.
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First, most of the tax changes are effective 2018 and will not affect your 2017 taxes to be filed in the coming months.
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on December 10, 2017 at 7:55 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on November 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM||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.Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on August 22, 2017 at 10:45 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sarah I. Malik on July 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM||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...Read Full Post »