Mediation

Maryland Child Custody – What ARE the Best Interests of the Child?

Maryland Child Custody – What ARE the Best Interests of the Child?

When it comes to where a child of separated parents lives, the child's schedule for spending time with each parent, and decision-making about a child, the guiding principle is the child's best interests. In settlement, this means the parents put the child's interests...

Na v. Gillespie – Confidentiality & Mediation

Na v. Gillespie – Confidentiality & Mediation

On December 1, 2017, Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued its opinion in Na v. Gillespie, a case involving a dispute about whether the parties had reached an agreement in mediation and whether mediation communications and documents were admissible evidence to...

Limited Scope Representation & Settlement

Limited Scope Representation & Settlement

This post expands upon my previous post on Limited Scope Representation. Limited scope representation means hiring an attorney to provide services for certain, but not all, tasks. It is "a la carte" representation, choosing from a menu of options. Maryland Rule...

Unenforceable Agreements to Agree & Family Law

Unenforceable Agreements to Agree & Family Law

In Maryland, "agreements to agree" are generally unenforceable. For a contact to exist, the terms must be "sufficiently definite". If the parties' terms are too undefined, a court cannot make a contract for the parties. Rather, the court may find that there is no...

What Will Settlement Cost?

What Will Settlement Cost?

The question asked in every initial consultation. And, a question clients should ask throughout the attorney-client relationship. The truthful, but dissatisfying, answer: It depends. It depends upon you, the other person, the other attorney, and the complexity of your...

Limited Scope Representation – What is it?

This post expands upon a previous article, Customizing Your Case. Limited scope representation means hiring an attorney to provide services for certain, but not all, tasks. Maryland Rule 19-301.2(c) states: An attorney may limit the scope of the representation in...

Customizing Your Case

Customizing Your Case

Increasingly, divorcing couples seem inclined to take a "Do It Yourself" approach to divorce. Kitchen table negotiations between spouses. Drafting their own agreements. Representing themselves in court. Self-determination definitely contributes to a successful and...

Hiring an Attorney – What to Consider?

Hiring an Attorney – What to Consider?

Hiring an attorney means putting your trust in someone to advocate for you, your family, and your future on the unfamiliar path of divorce and custody. It is a stressful journey, arising from a difficult and challenging family situation. When you may feel like your...