Legislative News

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...

Marrying Minors – More than Meets the Eye

Marrying Minors – More than Meets the Eye

Legal Background: Currently, Maryland Family Law Article §2-301 allows minors to marry under the following circumstances: A 16 or 17 year old, either: With the parents’ or guardians’ consent and swearing that the person is aged 16 or older; or, Without consent, but...

Bill Denying Clerks the Right to Rule on Motions Denied

Bill Denying Clerks the Right to Rule on Motions Denied

The 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session saw a bill - SB378/HB1191 - which would have prevented court clerks from ruling on motions. This arose, apparently, due to a directive of the District Court of Maryland which would have allowed clerks to rule on motions to...

Mandatory Continuance Bill Denied

Mandatory Continuance Bill Denied

The 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session saw, for the first time, a bill that would have made a continuance/postponement of a civil case mandatory if all parties agreed to the continuance. This would have applied to civil cases only, both at the trial and appellate...

Rape Survivor’s Family Protection Act Fails Again

Rape Survivor’s Family Protection Act Fails Again

A number of bills did not pass the Maryland General Assembly in the 2017 session, one of which has been long in the making. SB574/HB428: Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)...