Legal Developments

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...

COVID’s Impact on Families

COVID’s Impact on Families

If you’re wondering why there’s no discussion of COVID on my site, that’s because what I’ve written on this topic appears on my firm’s – Joseph, Greenwald & Laake’s - website.  Well, look no further… Here’s a quick index so you can easily get to and read about...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2021

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2021

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which updates the Maryland child support guidelines using newer economic data.  Updates for economic data were last enacted in 2010 (based on 2008 data) and before that in 1989 (based on 1972-1973...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Shared Physical Custody 2020

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Shared Physical Custody 2020

For child support purposes, “shared physical custody” is the minimum number of overnights a parent must have in order for the number of overnights to be included in the child support guidelines calculation.  Shared physical custody child support is typically lower...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – 2020 & 2021

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – 2020 & 2021

The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly saw several major developments to Maryland’s law on child support, some of which went into effect October 1, 2020 and the others going into effect October 1, 2021. This series of articles discusses those changes and...

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...