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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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When You Should File Ex Parte and Requests for Emergency Relief

As a parent, your child’s safety and wellbeing is your top priority. Whenever you find that those two things are at risk, it’s only natural to want to go above and beyond to protect your child. If you do not have custody, it can be hard to protect ...

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