Litigation

Maryland Child Custody – Attorney Representation of Children

Maryland Child Custody – Attorney Representation of Children

Maryland recognizes three types of attorneys who can be appointed to represent children in contested custody, access/visitation/parenting time, and domestic violence cases.  All of these roles require that the attorney be appointed by court order to represent the...

What is Child Custody?

What is Child Custody?

In Maryland, child custody has two main parts:  physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves where a child lives, when a child spends time with each parent, and any conditions.  Physical custody is also called residential custody or...

Resilience – A Work in Progress

Resilience – A Work in Progress

Resilience is not something we have or don't. Resilience is something we can build - at any age. This New York Times article focuses on practical tips for building resilience in middle age. "Scientists who study stress and resilience say it’s important to think of...

What is an Emergency?

What is an Emergency?

Family clients have many urgent concerns because family cases are complicated. But is every urgent issue an emergency in the Court's eyes? Short answer: No. What is an emergency depends both upon the Circuit Court's case management plan and the Judge hearing the...

What Will Litigation Cost?

What Will Litigation Cost?

The question asked in every initial consultation when suit has been filed or when settlement seems uncertain. And, a question clients should ask throughout the attorney-client relationship. The truthful, but dissatisfying, answer: It depends. It depends upon you, the...

When the Trial is Over but the Case is Not

When the Trial is Over but the Case is Not

When assessing the advantages and disadvantages of settlement versus trial, it is worth considering what happens after the trial is over. When the trial ends, the case is rarely over. In Maryland, for 30 days after the ruling, either party has the right to an...

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

In contested custody cases, there are many types of evaluations that the court can order or parties can agree to undergo in order to assess the fitness of the parents and the living and decision-making arrangements that suit the best interests of the...

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...