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Are You Eligible for an Annulment in Maryland?

Meta Description: If you are contemplating divorce or annulment in Maryland, you need to understand the requirements. Are you eligible for an annulment or a divorce? Keyword: Eligible for an Annulment While the requirements for divorce in Maryland a

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12 Things That Affect Your Maryland Child Custody Case

Meta Description: Are you in the midst of a Maryland child custody case? It’s essential that you understand the key factors that will influence the judge’s decision. Keyword: Maryland Child Custody Case In a Maryland child custody case, the pri

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Guardianship vs. Third Party Custody in Maryland

While the terms “guardianship” and “custody” might seem to be synonyms, in a legal context they have distinct differences. Both terms describe the legal relationship that can exist between an adult and a dependent child. However, the differ

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Do Grandparents Have a Right to Intervene in Maryland Custody Cases?

As with many states over the past decade, Maryland custody cases often involve grandparents. If you are a grandparent looking to get legal custody of your grandchildren or your parent is seeking legal custody of your child, there are many factors t

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The Differences Between an Ex Parte Emergency Hearing and a Request for an Expedited Hearing in Baltimore County

Two of the most frequently confused types of hearings in Baltimore County are ex parte emergency hearings and expedited hearings. Each type of request has different requirements that determine whether or not the request will be granted. If you do n

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What You Should Know About Baltimore County DCM Procedures for Ex Parte Hearings

Baltimore County has specific procedures outlined for Ex Parte Hearings that you should familiarize yourself with in case you are in an abusive situation. When filing a request for an Ex Parte hearing, you should always work with an experienced attorne

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Contempt of Court in Maryland Family Law

Once your divorce has been finalized, the judge has signed the divorce decree and you have a custody order in place, both parties are legally obligated to comply with the court’s decision. While the majority of couples have no trouble following the o

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How Much Do You Know About Alimony in Maryland?

As with many other legal concepts, the truth about alimony in Maryland can be quite different from the misconceptions and rumors. Alimony is a major factor in most divorce cases, and the court’s ruling can be more narrow than an agreement between t

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What You Need to Know About Material Change in Circumstances for Child Custody

As we approach the summer months and school enrollment season, many parents are exploring material change in circumstances as grounds for a change to child custody. Lebovitz Law regularly works with plaintiffs seeking a child custody modification,

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What Renters and Landlords Should Know About Gregory Smith v. Wakefield

One recent decision in the Court of Appeals in Maryland in the Gregory Smith v. Wakefield case is leading to many dismissals throughout the county. Renters and landlords both need to understand what the ruling means for past language in leases and outs

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Local Differences in Maryland Tenant Holding Over Laws

A tenant is considered holding over when he or she does not vacate a rental property at the end of the lease term or upon lease termination. In these cases, the tenant is typically liable to the landlord for all damages caused by the holding over. At t

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Switching Schools for Children in Joint Custody

Divorce can be hard enough on children. Switching schools to accommodate one parent’s new living situation can make it even more difficult. Maryland courts tend to limit changes to a child’s day-to-day routine to maintain stability. If the child is

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Should You Accept Section 8 Vouchers? Pros and Cons for Landlords

While landlords in Maryland have found The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, to be a valuable option for attracting reliable tenants and filling unoccupied units there are pitfalls that landlords should be aware of. How Sectio

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Preventing a Custodial Parent from Relocating your Child

It can be incredibly frustrating and if you do not have sole custody of your child and your former spouse or co-parent wants to move your child out of state. While it can be challenging for a non-custodial parent to prevent a child’s relocation there

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Unhappy with Your Child Custody Agreement? Don’t Wait to Notify Maryland Courts

Parents often find that the custodial agreement that was originally arranged no longer meets their needs or is no longer in the best interest of the child. Despite being unhappy with the arrangement, they carry on because they are afraid of the hassle

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Establishing Paternity of a Deceased Father in Maryland

There are a number of circumstances in which a mother may need to establish paternity of her child’s deceased father. For example, if the mother is trying to obtain insurance, social security benefits, or public assistance benefits for her child. Inh

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Factors Considered in Custody Cases & Proving Material Changes in Circumstances

The court’s primary concern in any custody case is to ensure that the final custody agreement is in the child’s best interest. The goal is to mitigate any disruption to the child’s day to day life and to see that they are cared for in a safe, sta

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Maryland Evictions and Rent Escrow

Failure to pay rent when it is due is the most common reason evictions occur in Maryland. Maryland laws typically support landlords in eviction cases but tenants do have protected rights. To evict a tenant, the landlord must first give notice to the

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Determining Alimony in Maryland

One of the most common challenges in divorce proceedings is determining alimony. Alimony is a periodic (often monthly) payment made by one former spouse to the other so that the recipient spouse can become self-supporting following a divorce. Per Maryl

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3 Step Process for Custody Relocation in Maryland

If you are a custodial parent seeking to relocate with your child you should never move before completing the three-step process for custody relocations required by Maryland law. Regardless of whether your move is in or out of state, you must provide n

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