Divorce

2018 Maryland General Assembly – The Session of Mutual Consent

2018 Maryland General Assembly – The Session of Mutual Consent

2018 has been the Session of "Mutual Consent", with four (4) bills proposing to change the Mutual Consent ground for divorce. SB120 proposes to eliminate the exclusion of no minor children in common, so making the Mutual Consent ground for divorce available to all...

Rose v. Rose – Child Support, Overnights & Retroactive Modification

Rose v. Rose – Child Support, Overnights & Retroactive Modification

On February 1, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals issued its opinion in Rose v. Rose, a case involving: Alimony termination due to the ex-spouse's alleged cohabitation in a marriage like relationship pursuant to Gordon v. Gordon; I discuss this in Rose v. Rose -...

Rose v. Rose – Alimony Termination & Cohabitation

Rose v. Rose – Alimony Termination & Cohabitation

On February 1, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals issued its opinion in Rose v. Rose, a case involving: Alimony termination due to the ex-spouse's alleged cohabitation in a marriage like relationship pursuant to Gordon v. Gordon; Reimbursement of children's expenses;...

2018 Maryland Family Law Legislative Preview

2018 Maryland Family Law Legislative Preview

On January 10, the Maryland General Assembly begins its 2018 legislative session. The Maryland State Bar Association's (MSBA) Family and Juvenile Law Section Council's (FJLSC) Legislative Committee actively monitors family law and related legislation, testifies in...

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...

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...

How long is too long to wait for relationship improvement?

How long is too long to wait for relationship improvement?

"When it comes to marriage, or long-term monogamy, we have to take the good with the bad, the weak with the strong. But what I’m not hearing here is a clear sense that your boyfriend is troubled by the inequalities in the relationship, that he’s working on his...

Relationship Contracts – A Paradigm Shift

Relationship Contracts – A Paradigm Shift

A recent article in the New York Times, To Stay In Love, Sign on the Dotted Line, describes a more deliberate process - a written relationship contract - for what many (if not most) couples do instinctively.  At its simplest, a relationship is a contract - an...

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

In contested custody cases, there are many types of evaluations that the court can order or parties can agree to undergo in order to assess the fitness of the parents and the living and decision-making arrangements that suit the best interests of the children. These...