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Dec 10, 2015

New “One Judge, One Family” Policy in Montgomery County

By |December 10th, 2015|child custody, children, General|

Following in the footsteps of some other courts around the country, Montgomery County Circuit Court will adopt a “One Judge, One Family” policy for qualifying cases commencing January 1, 2016.   Prior to the adoption of the policy, different portions of the same case were not necessarily heard by the same judge or magistrate.  Going forward, [...]

Aug 27, 2015

Think Second Parent Adoptions Are A Thing Of the Past? Think Again. Conover v. Conover.

By |August 27th, 2015|adoption, case law, child custody, children, LGBT, Maryland law|

Yesterday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals released its latest opinion on third party custody rights in Conover v. Conover. This case involved a lesbian couple. One of the couple, the biological parent, was inseminated and carried the child and the other woman, the non-biological parent, held herself out as the parent to the child, [...]

Jun 26, 2015

The Supreme Court On Same-Sex Marriage: The Practical Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges

By |June 26th, 2015|case law, child custody, children, divorce, LGBT, marriage, parentage|

Today, making way for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges.  The opinion gives same-sex couples the same rights as their different-sex counterparts. The issues as framed by Justice Kennedy (writing for the majority) were (1) whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to issue marriage licenses to two people [...]

Nov 18, 2014

But They’re Crazy! When You’re Worried About Protecting (Yourself and) The Kids

By |November 18th, 2014|child custody, children, custody evaluation, documents, mental health|

We often deal with people who are in crisis during their Maryland divorce – sometimes because they are being left, sometimes because they are dealing with a spouse or co-parent that is “crazy.” Unpacking what “crazy” means is tricky. In the throes of divorcing or of a potential custody conflict , once mild behavior can [...]

Nov 14, 2014

Collaborative Divorce: An Option for Parents of Special Needs Children

By |November 14th, 2014|child custody, children, collaborative practice, divorce, special needs|

There is a lot to be said about a collaborative divorce for any divorcing couple. But as the parent of a special needs child, I can attest that when you are facing a long road of doctor appointments and IEP meetings, you might find that the collaborative process offers you what you need. And I [...]

Oct 8, 2014

Are Second-Parent Adoptions Still Important for Same-Sex Couples In Maryland?

By |October 8th, 2014|adoption, children, divorce, LGBT, marriage, parentage|

In light of the ever-changing legal landscape for same-sex couples, are second-parent adoptions still important in Maryland? As of January 1, 2013, the right to marry has been extended to same-sex couples in Maryland. Pursuant to Maryland law, a child born or conceived during a marriage is presumed to be the legitimate child of both [...]

Jul 15, 2014

What is Third Party Custody in Maryland?

By |July 15th, 2014|child custody, children, LGBT, Maryland law, parentage|

In Maryland what is third party custody?  In the most traditionally defined family arrangement, a child has a biological mother and father. But families come in all sorts of configurations and change with circumstances. When a person not outside of the traditional, legal definition seeks custody or visitation of a child – that person is [...]