Category: Child Custody

11 Situations Where a Family Law Attorney Can Help

on Oct 8, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

There are many reasons someone might need a family law attorney.  Family law attorneys work to both establish rights, where appropriate, and protect the interests of families.  Below are some of the most common reasons people need family law attorneys. 1.    Adopting a Step Child Not every blended family adopts.  However, there are some times when adoption makes sense.  This includes situations where a biological parent has died, is incarcerated for an extended period, or is otherwise unavailable or uninvolved in a child’s life.  In those circumstances, adoption may be the right answer for a particular family.  Of course, courts have certain requirements before an adoption occurs.  Family law attorneys assist in making certain all of the necessary requirements...

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How Does Daylight Saving Time Impact Children?

on Oct 5, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

As the saying goes, regarding daylight saving time, spring forward and fall back.  In 2017, daylight saving time began March 12 and it will end on November 5.  Seventy other countries also practice daylight saving time, although the start and end dates vary. People offer many reasons to justify daylight saving time.  Daylight savings time gives farmers more time to work in the fields.  It helps conserve energy by cutting back on electricity usage.  It benefits the economy by encouraging people to shop after work.  Daylight saving time gives children a chance to be outside and active longer in the evening during the summer months. Of course, the accuracy of these justifications is debated.  In fact, a 2014 study...

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Children and Divorce: Behavior to Avoid

on Sep 19, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

When a couple goes through a divorce, if they have children, the entire family goes through a divorce.  While every divorce is unique, parents can learn from the experiences and mistakes of others. Temporary Custody Orders Never disobey any part of a temporary custody order. Temporary court orders dictate custody and parenting time.  Do not violate the order by returning children late.  Do not take your children on any out of state trips without the approval of the other parent.  Court orders are not optional or advisory. Violating the court order will result in the other side bringing you to court, in front of the same judge who issued the order.  Remember, this is the same court that will...

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Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan

on Sep 14, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

Divorces are always stressful.  Divorces involving children are even more stressful.  Developing a parenting plan, without the court, reduces that stress. What is a Parenting Plan? A parenting plan, also known as a parenting agreement, is an agreement entered into by both parents.  It establishes how the parents will raise their children after a divorce.  The agreement is legally binding.  It establishes custody of the children but can include much more.  Parenting agreements establish how the children will be raised.  They establish parenting time schedules, including where the children will spend holidays and school breaks.  Agreements establish travel arrangements and decision making for the children, both day to day decisions and major decisions.  It establishes who has access to...

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Child Custody Fundamentals

on Sep 3, 2017 in Child Custody

For many divorcing couples, child custody is a significant issue.  Understanding child custody fundamentals is a helpful starting point for couples as the divorce process commences.  To resolve child custody issues, both parents must understand the legal terminology used in child custody cases.  While divorcing couples terminate the marriage, they will always be parents to their children. Below we outline some common questions and answers about child custody. What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody? Legal custody involves the rights and obligations of a parent or parents regarding long range decisions.  Legal custody permits decisions about religious training, medical care, education, discipline, and other matters of major significance involving the child’s general welfare. Physical custody involves...

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Stepparent Adoptions in the State of Maryland

on Jul 30, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Stepparent adoptions in Maryland occur frequently in “blended families.”  The term “blended family” means a marriage after a divorce or other relationship that produces a child.   The non-biological parent, or stepparent, adopts a spouse’s child from the previous relationship.  In a stepparent adoption, the stepparent assumes both legal and financial responsibility for a spouse’s children.  Further, the non-custodial parent no longer has any parenting responsibilities or rights. Circumstances and Requirements for Stepparent Adoption in Maryland Many circumstances lead to families pursuing stepparent adoption.  In some cases, a mother remarries and her new husband wants to adopt her child or children.  Similarly, a father remarries and his new wife wants to adopt his child or children.  In other cases, same-sex...

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