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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 him or her. In Maryland and Baltimore

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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 forever. At Lebovitz Law, we work with clients who have faced severe

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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 bring before the Court, now is the time to do it. Why Should You Take Advantage

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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 defend when you receive a complaint related to civil issues. Why

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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 deportation, Maryland also added a new “grounds for divorce” law to the

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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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