Legal Developments

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 5

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 5

Rule 9-205 Introduction The new year brings with it new and updated Rules of Civil Procedure in Maryland’s child custody cases.  Starting January 1, 2020, for cases filed on or after that date and “insofar as practicable” to all cases pending then, the new rules...

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 4

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 4

Rule 9-204.2 Introduction The new year brings with it new and updated Rules of Civil Procedure in Maryland’s child custody cases.  Starting January 1, 2020, for cases filed on or after that date and “insofar as practicable” to all cases pending then, the new...

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 3

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 3

Rule 9-204.1 Introduction The new year brings with it new and updated Rules of Civil Procedure in Maryland’s child custody cases.  Starting January 1, 2020, for cases filed on or after that date and “insofar as practicable” to all cases pending then, the new...

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 2

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 2

Rule 9-204 Introduction The new year brings with it new and updated Rules of Civil Procedure in Maryland’s child custody cases.  Starting January 1, 2020, for cases filed on or after that date and “insofar as practicable” to all cases pending then, the new rules...

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 1

With a New Year Comes New Parenting Court Rules – Vol. 1

An Overview Introduction The new year brings with it new and updated Rules of Civil Procedure in Maryland’s child custody cases.  Starting January 1, 2020, for cases filed on or after that date and “insofar as practicable” to all cases pending then, the new rules...

Is It Time to Overhaul Maryland’s Grounds for Divorce?

Is It Time to Overhaul Maryland’s Grounds for Divorce?

Part 3 This blog, the third and last in a multi-part series, considering Maryland’s trends and other states’ grounds from Part 1 and Part 2, discusses whether it is time for Maryland to overhaul its grounds for divorce.  I welcome hearing from readers about their...

Is it time to overhaul Maryland’s grounds for divorce?

Is it time to overhaul Maryland’s grounds for divorce?

Part 1 This blog, the first in a multi-part series, poses the question of whether it’s time to update Maryland’s grounds for divorce and starts to answer that question by looking at developments in Maryland over the last several years.  We’ll then look at how...

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 -...