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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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Child Support: Frequently Asked Questions

on Sep 7, 2017 in Child Support

How do I get child support? In an ideal world, parent, extended family, and family friends all support children as they grow and develop.  In the context of family law, “child support” refers only to financial and medical support of children.  For divorcing couples, courts address child support in the divorce decree.  Parents never married also may receive financial support from the non-custodial parent.  Finally, others raising a child, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and court appointed guardians may also be eligible to receive financial support from a parent. To collect child support, one must establish paternity and obtain a court order, detailing the terms and conditions of the support, including health insurance, in a given case. What does...

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Child Support Fundamentals in the State of Maryland

on Aug 24, 2017 in Child Support, Divorce

Married or not, both parents are obligated to support their children in the state of Maryland.  Understanding your child support obligations and rights requires basic, fundamental information.  This is true if you are going through a divorce or were never married. Maryland uses the “Income Shares Model.”  In the Income Shares Model, courts calculate child support, in part, by estimating the amount of time parents spend on children if the family was intact. Courts then divide this amount based on the income of the parents.  The formula used is very complicated.  Consequently, it is best to rely on the knowledge and experience of your family law attorney.  Each case is unique, but we will attempt to explain the fundamentals...

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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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Parenting Planning: Back to School

on Jul 21, 2017 in Child Support, Divorce

Parenting Plans and Parenting Planning The end of July is almost here, which means school is right around the corner. Some families have kids in sports that may begin practices before school even begins. As the summer winds down, it is a good idea to take a look at the upcoming school year and start making plans. “Parenting plans” come in many forms, some quite detailed, and others more broad based. This depends on the lawyers, the court, and the preferences of the parents. At a minimum, parenting plans define “who has the child when.” The purpose of this post is not to discuss the fundamentals of an original parenting plan. More on that can be found in this...

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Selecting Your Divorce Attorney

on Jul 3, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Why Selecting the Right Divorce Attorney Matters Whether you are only considering filing for divorce, or have already made the decision to divorce, selecting a divorce attorney is a critical part of the process.  If you and your spouse have children in common, you will be dealing with each other for years to come.  This won’t only include through the childhood years.  Parents who have children in common will share holidays, celebrate births, and grieve losses with their children into adulthood. Even people without children in common will live with the decisions made in the divorce decree for the rest of their lives.  Where the lawyers can’t come to a resolution, courts make determinations about alimony and property division...

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