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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 not work with an experienced lawyer and file the wrong one, you could be forced

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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 attorney who can make a strong case and ensure you and your children are protected

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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 orders of the court, even if they are not enthusiastic about them, there

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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 two parties. How much do you really know about alimony in Maryland?  

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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, and we have a wealth of experience in material change of circumstances cases in Maryland.   Changes to

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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 outstanding rent for a residential lease. The Previous Interpretation of Law For over

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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 the very least, the tenant is responsible for

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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 legitimately better served by attending a different school, however, parents with Joint Legal Custody over

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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 Section 8 Works Section 8 is a federal subsidy funded by the US Department of Housing

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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 are a few things you can do. Maryland laws give

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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 of going back to renegotiate with the other parent. Eventually, however, the

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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. Inheritance disputes or wrongful death lawsuits can also require proof of paternity. Obtaining the father’s

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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, stable manner. In making this decision, Maryland courts

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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 tenant. Maryland law does not specify a notice period so notice may

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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 Maryland’s equal rights amendment, either a husband or a wife in a marriage may be required

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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 notification to the non-locating parent, obtain his or her agreement and formalize the

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How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost in Maryland?

Wondering how much it will cost to get divorced in Maryland? Just as no two couples are the same, no two divorces will have the same price tag. That said, we found some averages that will give you a general idea of what to expect. Average Cost of Divorce in Maryland According to a 2015

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Don’t Forget Your Deposit

Moving out can be an exciting but stressful time. Even after the actual moving part is over, there can sometimes be problems. One common problem is the landlord’s failure to send back the security deposit. When you’ve done all that was required as far as cleaning, shampooing carpets, scrubbing surfaces and removing all personal items…you

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The Biggest Maryland Law Changes this Fall

As of October 1, 2018, many Maryland law changes are taking effect. Everything from mutual consent divorce to landlord registration standards is changing as a result of the latest pieces of legislation that are now on the books. Family Law One of the biggest Maryland law changes we mentioned earlier this year when Governor Hogan

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What to Do If You’re Unhappy with Tenancy in Baltimore

While most families or individuals moving into rental properties plan to stay for the duration of the lease that was signed, if the property is unsafe or unacceptable that might not be possible. If you find yourself unhappy with tenancy in Baltimore and management is dragging out repairs and remedies for the situation, you need

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