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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, [...]

Sep 1, 2014

Upcoming Changes In Maryland Domestic Violence Laws

By |September 1st, 2014|domestic violence, General, legislation, Maryland law|

Maryland domestic violence laws are changing.  Earlier this year, Governor O’Malley signed into law several changes to Maryland’s protective order statutes, which are set to go into effect on October 1, 2014.  Perhaps the biggest change is the lowering of the burden of proof for final protective and peace orders from “clear and convincing evidence,” [...]

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 [...]

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