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Jan 8, 2019

Keeping Domestic Violence Victims Safe: Are the Courts Doing Enough?

By |January 8th, 2019|Family Law|

The Maryland nonprofit group Court Watch Montgomery works to ensure victims of domestic violence are provided with proper access to justice, programs, and resources. Volunteers from the organization gather data from thousands of protective order hearings each year, and release a report with their findings. Court Watch's latest report found that District Court judges in [...]

Dec 24, 2018

When Would A Child Need A Best Interest Attorney?

By |December 24th, 2018|Family Law|

Family law issues, especially divorce, can be emotionally and psychologically difficult, especially with children involved. When spouses are going through a split that may be particularly contentious and can't come to agreement over decisions regarding their child, sometimes a best interest attorney is a fair alternative. If, during a divorce, there are issues around child [...]

Sep 5, 2018

What is Second Parent Adoption?

By |September 5th, 2018|Family Law|

Second parent adoption is when one partner legally adopts the other partner's child, giving them both equal and legal parental rights. People typically choose second parent adoption when they are unmarried or if they're a same-sex couple who wants to ensure their parental rights stay protected. Families may benefit from having an attorney complete a [...]

Mar 20, 2018

What Is a Parenting Plan?

By |March 20th, 2018|Family Law|

With many divorcing couples, issues of child custody and visitation are often the most thorny and contentious. A detailed parenting plan, agreed upon by the parents and endorsed by the courts, can help parents meet their child's needs, set forth each parent's responsibilities, and allow flexibility. Well thought-out parenting plans avoid the need to go [...]

Mar 13, 2018

What Is a Best Interest Attorney?

By |March 13th, 2018|Family Law|

During a particularly contentious child custody case, the court may appoint a “best interest attorney” for the child. This attorney does not represent either parent, but advocates for the child's interests and the child alone. Best interest attorneys must represent the interests of their client, complete an independent evaluation, and advocate the position concerning custody [...]

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