Custody Blog

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILD CUSTODY IN MARYLAND PART ONE

Every year, the attorneys at Lebovitz Law encounter many questions about child custody in Maryland. In this two-part blog series, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions we hear on a regular basis. If we don’t answer your question below, please contact us today to schedule a consultation for your specific needs.

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SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WITH CUSTODY ISSUES

The holiday season is finally here, which means that many families are dealing with the custody issues that go hand-in-hand with turkey and presents. If you are concerned that your kids might miss out on holiday magic due to disagreements and child custody issues, now is the time to work out a holiday visitation schedule.

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HOW DO SUBSEQUENT CHILDREN AFFECT A CURRENT CHILD SUPPORT ORDER?

A number of lifestyle changes can affect a current child support order, including a new job and the birth of a new child. It’s important to note that child support will not automatically change when your life does, so you must be aware of the legal process to request a modification.   New Baby on

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