Children & Custody

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 – De Facto Parents

Maryland Child Custody When You’re Not the Parent – De Facto Parents

Updated:  January 2021 Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading. This series...

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,...

Customizing Your Case – Holidays

Customizing Your Case – Holidays

This post expands on earlier posts:  What is Child Custody?,  Customizing Your Case – Physical Custody & Parenting Time, Customizing Your Case – Legal Custody, and Customizing Your Case - Parenting Time Schedules. Holidays are special...

Maryland Third Party Custody – What are Exceptional Circumstances?

Maryland Third Party Custody – What are Exceptional Circumstances?

Updated:  January 2021 Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading. This series...

Maryland Child Support – What is retroactive child support?

When a parent files for child support, the date of filing starts the clock on the child's right to child support.  Retroactive child support is the right to child support from the date of filing a request with the court until a child support order is granted. The...

Maryland Third Party Custody – What is parental unfitness?

Maryland Third Party Custody – What is parental unfitness?

Updated:  January 2021 Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading. This series...

Customizing Your Case – Parenting Time Schedules

Customizing Your Case – Parenting Time Schedules

This post expands on earlier posts:  What is Child Custody?,  Customizing Your Case – Physical Custody & Parenting Time, and Customizing Your Case - Legal Custody. Physical custody involves where a child lives, when a child spends time...