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Guardianship vs. Third Party Custody in Maryland

While the terms “guardianship” and “custody” might seem to be synonyms, in a legal context they have distinct differences. Both terms describe the legal relationship that can exist between an adult and a dependent child. However, the differences between guardianship and third party custody in Maryland are important. How Are Guardianship and Third Party Custody

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Do Grandparents Have a Right to Intervene in Maryland Custody Cases?

As with many states over the past decade, Maryland custody cases often involve grandparents. If you are a grandparent looking to get legal custody of your grandchildren or your parent is seeking legal custody of your child, there are many factors that will determine whether or not custody will be granted. The Case That Set

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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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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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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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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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