Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Future of Third Party Custody?

What is the Future of Third Party Custody?

(OR Questions (Mostly) Unanswered) This series discusses: What is Third Party Custody? What's a De Facto Parent? Exceptional Circumstances Unfit Parents Participating as a Third Party in a Custody Case Step-Parents De Facto Parents & Multi-Parent Families...

What About Grandparent Visitation Rights?  (Sigh.)

What About Grandparent Visitation Rights? (Sigh.)

“Parents and grandparents do not stand on the same legal footing with respect to visitation.”  Brandenburg v. LaBarre, 193 Md.App. 178 (2010). Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  Third...

Maryland Third Party Custody – What is third party custody?

Maryland Third Party Custody – What is third party custody?

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 discusses: What is...

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...