Children & Custody

Joint Custody Presumption v. Shared Parenting Advocacy

Joint Custody Presumption v. Shared Parenting Advocacy

A December 11, 2017 Washington Post article, "More than 20 states in 2017 considered laws to promote shared custody of children after divorce", states:  "Now lawmakers are accelerating this trend toward co-parenting, with legislatures in more than 20 states this...

Parenting Time & Rights of First Refusal

Parenting Time & Rights of First Refusal

What is a Right of First Refusal for Parenting Time? It is the other parent's right to spend time with the children if you are unavailable to be with them during your scheduled time.  It obligates you to offer that time to the other parent before arranging for a...

Holiday Co-Parenting

Holiday Co-Parenting

Parents divorce;  children don't divorce their parents.  When it comes to holidays, co-parenting goes beyond keeping to the holiday schedule. Children rely on parents for help.  Holidays are no different. Cooperative co-parents help children enjoy and...

Separation & Holidays

Separation & Holidays

Transitioning from an intact to a separated family poses many challenges.  For the parents.  And for their children. Holidays are a special challenge all their own. Time and again, I hear from Judges and Magistrates that litigating parents don't tell the...

Is Guardianship the Same as Custody?

Is Guardianship the Same as Custody?

Short answer:  No. In Maryland, there are two types of guardianship: Guardianship of the Person; and, Guardianship of the Property. A guardian of the person is responsible for decision making about the minor child and making sure the child receives proper...

Maryland Child Custody – Attorney Representation of Children

Maryland Child Custody – Attorney Representation of Children

Maryland recognizes three types of attorneys who can be appointed to represent children in contested custody, access/visitation/parenting time, and domestic violence cases.  All of these roles require that the attorney be appointed by court order to represent the...

Can Immigration Status Impact Maryland Child Support?

Can Immigration Status Impact Maryland Child Support?

On September 29, the Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion about child support, focusing on the intersection of voluntary impoverishment (deliberate unemployment or underemployment to avoid paying child support) and immigration status. In short, in Dillon v....

Maryland Child Custody When You’re Not the Parent

Maryland Child Custody When You’re Not the Parent

Since July 2016, Maryland's Appellate Courts changed the landscape of child custody cases involving third parties - people who are not biological or adoptive parents - in two important ways.  I will generally refer to these third parties as "non-parents". First,...

Customizing Your Case – Summer

Customizing Your Case – Summer

This post expands on earlier posts:  What is Child Custody? and in the Customizing Your Case series on Physical Custody & Parenting Time, Legal Custody, Parenting Time Schedules, and Holidays. Summertime…A break from life as usual.  So, too,...