Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce’s Traumas & Their Impact on Decision Making

Divorce’s Traumas & Their Impact on Decision Making

Divorce is a globally traumatic experience. For spouses over the death of their relationship. For parents and children over the unraveling of their family, structure, responsibilities, and routines. For their extended families, friends, and community with the...

Maryland Child Custody – What ARE the Best Interests of the Child?

Maryland Child Custody – What ARE the Best Interests of the Child?

When it comes to where a child of separated parents lives, the child's schedule for spending time with each parent, and decision-making about a child, the guiding principle is the child's best interests. In settlement, this means the parents put the child's interests...

Divorce & Isolation – Don’t go it alone…

Divorce & Isolation – Don’t go it alone…

Divorce invites isolation. This happens with the separation.  From one home into two.  From an intact marriage into two estranged spouses.  From an intact family into splitting time with the children.  Suddenly. This happens with extended family...

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...

Limited Scope Representation – How to Define the Scope of Services?

Limited Scope Representation – How to Define the Scope of Services?

Limited Scope Representation allows a client to hire an attorney to do some, but not all work, in the case.  Limited Scope Representation is a combination of attorney representation and the client's self-representation.  It is an opportunity to contain costs...

Limited Scope Representation – Is this the Right Choice for You?

Limited Scope Representation – Is this the Right Choice for You?

Limited Scope Representation allows a client to hire an attorney to do some, but not all work, in the case.  This is a combination of attorney representation and self-representation. This post focuses on litigated court cases. Before deciding if Limited Scope...

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...

What is Voluntary Impoverishment?

What is Voluntary Impoverishment?

When a parent or spouse is determined voluntarily impoverished, the court may determine child support or alimony based upon the parent’s or spouse's potential income and earning capacity. In Child Support Cases: Voluntary impoverishment was defined by Maryland’s Court...