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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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Why You Need to File an Answer to a Complaint: Family Issues

Receiving a complaint is always serious, but the consequences can be particularly severe in family court. There is more than money on the line in most cases, as custody and divorce judgments will change your life and the lives of your loved ones ...

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What You Need to Know About Baltimore County Expedited School Enrollment Hearings

Over the course of the summer (June-August), the Baltimore County Circuit Court will have a dedicated Family Division Judge available to review any contested school enrollment issues on an expedited basis. If you have a school enrollment issue to ...

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Why You Need to File an Answer to a Complaint: Civil Issues

At Lebovitz Law, we have personally worked with clients who have suffered the consequences of not filing answers and facing default judgments as a result. Even if you cannot afford a lawyer yet, it’s vital to file an answer or notice of intention to ...

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Legislative Wrap-Up Part Two: The Family Law Changes You Should Know

Aside from the major changes to mutual consent divorce that we covered in our last blog, the Maryland General Assembly also made changes to two other pieces of family law. In addition to a new bill covering standby guardians in the case of ...

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Legislative Wrap-Up Part One: Big Changes to Mutual Consent Divorce

One of the most significant legislative achievements of the past Maryland General Assembly session was the changes to mutual consent divorce. Now, parents with minor children in common can file without a separation period beforehand. Another piece of ...

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The Basics of Differentiated Case Management Rules in Maryland

Maryland state law holds that there are no local case management rules, but in reality, the slightly-different case management rules in various counties throughout the state effectively serve as rules. What is differentiated case management (DCM) and ...

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Before You Sign Your Lease

Are you moving this spring? Have you been accepted into college or a graduate program that requires relocation or apartment living? Before you pack the moving truck and mark your calendar, you need to review your lease and purchase renter’s ...

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Don’t Sign Your Sales Agreement or Lease Before Consulting with a Lawyer

Spring is here, and along with it many homeowners and renters are preparing to move into new homes and apartments. Before you sign on the dotted line, you should sit down with a lawyer to review the sales agreement or lease agreement. It’s always ...

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What You Should Know About Failure to Return Security Deposit Cases

Are you moving this spring? If you put down a security deposit at the start of your lease, all or a portion of it might be headed back your way after you move out and complete the final walkthrough. However, one of the most common causes of ...

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