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Musings on Stopping Negative Self-Talk

Musings on Stopping Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is that cycle of criticizing yourself.  It's your own words used against you.  By you.  In your head.  And, becomes part of you. Negative self-talk is a vicious cycle.  It starts with self-doubt.  A negative experience...

New Year’s Musings – Begin Again

New Year’s Musings – Begin Again

2017 was a year of challenges, both personal and professional.  During its most difficult moments, it was far too easy to get emotionally and mentally stuck.  Stuck in coping mode - of doing, while suppressing thoughts and feelings.  Stuck in the moment...

Maryland Child Custody When You’re Not the Parent

Maryland Child Custody When You’re Not the Parent

Since July 2016, Maryland's Appellate Courts changed the landscape of child custody cases involving third parties - people who are not biological or adoptive parents - in two important ways.  I will generally refer to these third parties as "non-parents". First,...

Further Thoughts on the Challenges of Nesting

Further Thoughts on the Challenges of Nesting

This Washington Post Perspective piece discusses issues I've written about before (A Parents Perspective On Nesting & Practical Considerations) but also questions the emotional aspects of nesting - for children and their parents. "[N]esting could be an excuse by...

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...

New Law on Health Insurance & Maryland Child Support Awards

New Law on Health Insurance & Maryland Child Support Awards

Effective October 1, 2017, a new law will go into effect, expanding the definition of “health insurance” for child support purposes. HB926 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/hb/hb0926T.pdf) passed the Senate unanimously and almost so in the House (126-1), and...

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

In the 2017 legislative session, the Maryland Generally Assembly passed into law an update to existing law on restoration to a former name in a divorce. HB793: Family Law – Divorce – Restoration of Former Name (to view the...

The Cost of Custody

The Cost of Custody

Every client wants to know what their case will cost, whether an amicable settlement or highly contested litigation. You only control your side of things - choices you and your attorney make and how you and your attorney react to choices of the other parent. This...

Fewer Firearms for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence Crimes in Maryland

Fewer Firearms for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence Crimes in Maryland

While not overtly a domestic violence bill, HB294 revises Public Safety Article §5-101(b-1)(2)(i) so a person, who receives a probation before judgment for second degree assault that is a “domestically related crime” (as defined in Criminal Procedure Article §6-233),...

When the Going Gets Tough – Do Couples Go to Counseling?

When the Going Gets Tough – Do Couples Go to Counseling?

When the going gets tough for couples, there are many counseling options to explore before choosing to divorce. I discuss individual counseling in a previous post.  Individual counseling often compliments couples-based counseling. Discernment counseling is used to...