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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 legislation changed the laws around the mandatory court appearance for a mutual consent divorce. Both changes will

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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 what should you know about DCM in Maryland? What Is Differentiated Case Management? Differentiated case management is a

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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 insurance. Why are these two seemingly-unimportant steps so essential to the moving process? Reviewing Lease

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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 better to review in advance instead of attempting to undo a

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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 tenant-landlord disputes is a failure to return the

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Potential Changes to Mutual Consent Divorce in Maryland

The Maryland Senate passed a bill that could transform the process of mutual consent divorce for Maryland residents forever. Once the bill is passed by the Maryland Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, it will be much easier to obtain a mutual consent divorce if there are minor children involved. The Mutual Consent

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A Recent Child Custody Modification Case for Lebovitz Law

At Lebovitz Law, we work with plaintiffs every day who are working through the child custody modification process. Recently in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, we assisted a father in retaining custody of his child and preventing the mother from taking custody and moving the child out of state. Change of Custody Cases in

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Potential Changes to Maryland’s Policy on Shared Parenting After Divorce

Since 2013, Arizona has been a model for successful shared parenting policies that combine equal parenting time and judicial discretion. As the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage prepares to publish a comprehensive study of the Arizona law, some Maryland policymakers are considered putting a similar one on the books. The History of Arizona’s Child Custody

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Maryland Foreclosure Law: 2018

Maryland foreclosure law experienced a few changes at the tail end of 2017, and another law affecting the foreclosure process will go into effect in 2018. The Fast Track Foreclosure Process One of the biggest changes to Maryland law over the course of 2017 went into effect at the end of the year. The Fast

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What to Expect in Maryland Rent Court

You’ve received notice that you’re expected to appear in rent court, so where do you go from here? It’s important to understand the rent court and eviction process if you are a tenant facing eviction. The Eviction Process If any tenant fails to pay rent in a timely fashion and according to the terms defined

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Family Law Will Be Directly Affected by the 2018 Tax Bill

The new tax bill has many individuals and families wondering how their bottom lines will change. When it comes to divorced and divorcing couples, the tax bill will have enormous ramifications. Alimony Changes One of the ways that the tax bill raises revenue to compensate for the tax cuts is through alimony. Under the 2018

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Maryland Custody Agreements & Parenting Plans

Even though the phrase “custody battle” is heard frequently throughout popular culture, deciding custody does not need to be a battle at all. If a custody agreement can be reached between the two parents, both sides will save money and the children will benefit. How can you create a legally-binding custody order in the state

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Loss Mitigation as a Foreclosure Alternative

If you are preparing to move forward with foreclosure in Maryland, take the time to thoroughly investigate your loss mitigation options before continuing. Foreclosure is a losing situation for everyone involved: the bank, the loaning party, the government and the borrower. Loss mitigation can assist a borrower in negotiating an alternative to foreclosure in the

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Forced Sales to Cash Out

Are you frustrated with a piece of property that you own with someone else? Do you need to cash out of your portion of the property so that he/she can take over full ownership? If you are a joint property owner in the state of Maryland, you have the right to force the sale of

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Mutual Consent in Maryland doesn’t need to be a Mystery

If you’re interested in getting a mutual consent divorce, follow these simple steps for a smooth process. Up until 2015, Marylanders looking for an absolute divorce could only choose from a small number of immediate divorce conditions or separate for at least 12 months before filing. Mutual consent divorce is a new third option that

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Why You’ll Never Be Left In The Dark When Using Lebovitz Law

With close to three decades of experience in practicing law, attorney Rich Lebovitz has a strong understanding of what it takes to win over the trust of clients going through stressful legal matters. Perhaps the biggest thing that has helped Lebovitz in running a successful firm for so many years is his willingness to make

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Include Your Lawyer in the Home Buying and Selling Process

When you’re talking with a realtor about home buying and selling, it’s easy to get so swept up in the excitement of house hunting that you forget to protect yourself and your rights. When you’re preparing to sell or purchase your home, you should always work with a lawyer to review contracts prior to signing

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Navigating Holiday Schedules, Vacation and Summer Visitation and Child Custody in Maryland

Even once child custody has been decided, ongoing conflict can occur over holiday schedules, summer visitation and vacations. Due to the emotions and expectations swirling around all of these occasions, it can be hard to work together to find a solution that works for both families and the child. How can you successfully navigate scheduling

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Tax Reform for Alimony?

Tax Reform for Alimony? By Ben Offit, CFP® As you may be aware, tax reform in 2018 eliminated the tax deduction that was available for those paying for alimony. This eliminated the tax break for the spouse paying the alimony, and thus may have a ripple effect for divorced spouses and families. According to the

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILD CUSTODY IN MARYLAND PART TWO

Every year, Lebovitz Law encounters many questions about child support and child custody in Maryland. In the second installment of this two-part blog series, we will be covering some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about child support and child custody in Maryland. If we don’t answer your question below, please contact us

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