Legislative News

De Facto Developments 2021

De Facto Developments 2021

Since writing my series on Maryland Third Party Custody, and in particular in Consent, De Facto Parents & Multi-Parent Families, a major development occurred in July 2021.  The Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest Court, issued EN v. TR, reviewing the lower...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2022

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2022

UPDATE:  During the 2021 Session, the Maryland General Assembly changed the effective date of this law change from October 1, 2021 (as originally passed in the 2020 Session) to July 1, 2022. 2022 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which...

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 & 2022

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – 2020 & 2022

UPDATE:  During the 2021 Session, the Maryland General Assembly changed the effective date of this law change from October 1, 2021 (as originally passed in the 2020 Session) to July 1, 2022. The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly saw several major...

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...