Children & Custody

Family Law Development – Burak v. Burak

Family Law Development – Burak v. Burak

On August 29, the Court of Appeals issued a new family law opinion, Burak v. Burak - a third party custody case involving grandparents. The headnotes indicate that Burak v. Burak creates new law and standards in the realm of third party custody cases, especially as it...

Customizing Your Case – Legal Custody

Customizing Your Case – Legal Custody

This post expands on earlier posts:  What is Child Custody? and Customizing Your Case – Physical Custody & Parenting Time Legal custody involves decisions about health, education, and religious upbringing of a child.  It is also called decision...

At What Age Can A Child Choose With Which Parent to Live?

At What Age Can A Child Choose With Which Parent to Live?

In short, at no age does a child in Maryland get to choose to live with a parent. As long as a child is under the age of 18, a child does not have a legal right to decide where or with whom he or she will live. A few laws give children rights at certain ages, but...

Customizing Your Case – Physical Custody & Parenting Time

Customizing Your Case – Physical Custody & Parenting Time

This post expands on an earlier post:  What is Child Custody? Physical custody involves where a child lives, when a child spends time with each parent, and any conditions.  Physical custody is also called residential custody or parenting time.  It...

What is Child Custody?

What is Child Custody?

In Maryland, child custody has two main parts:  physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves where a child lives, when a child spends time with each parent, and any conditions.  Physical custody is also called residential custody or...

Further Thoughts on the Challenges of Nesting

Further Thoughts on the Challenges of Nesting

This Washington Post Perspective piece discusses issues I've written about before (A Parents Perspective On Nesting & Practical Considerations) but also questions the emotional aspects of nesting - for children and their parents. "[N]esting could be an excuse by...

Parents, Children & Reunification

Parents, Children & Reunification

Last week, I participated in a fascinating, multidisciplinary roundtable discussion about the challenges professionals face in reunification cases. Specifically, when a parent wishes to establish a parent-child relationship when there is none and when a child refuses...

Verbally Abusive Teen Relationships & Parent Resources

Verbally Abusive Teen Relationships & Parent Resources

"No matter the behavior, if a relationship makes you feel nervous, unsure, upset, confused, or overwhelmed, those are signs that something isn’t quite right." Teen Vogue published a recent article about signs of a verbally abusive relationship. According to the One...