In Family Law Cases, The Court Cannot Do Everything

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 6 minutes

A couple arguing.

We tend to think of courts as having pretty much supreme power to order people to do what they see fit.This is particularly true in a divorce or child custody case, where a lot is at stake. In reality, that is only partially true. Generally speaking, if the parties to a family law case cannot...

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De Facto Parent Status in Family Law Cases

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

A child who is under custody in Southern Maryland.

The old woman who lived in a shoe probably never wondered if she was a parent. She had so many children, how could she not know? But for some people, it is not that obvious – at least from a legal perspective. What about grandparents who raise their grandchildren as their own? Are they simply...

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Divorce Lawyer Bills His Client For Their Affair

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 2 minutes

A divorce lawyer has been indefinitely suspended from practicing law after having an affair with his client. But that isn’t the worst part. He was also billing her for the time they were together conducting their affair! Wow. That is a new low! According to news accounts, the lawyer was representing a woman in a...

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You Can’t Reconcile With Your Spouse Over the Phone

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

A client calling an attorney.

To get a divorce in Maryland, you need “grounds.” The most common ground for getting divorced is the one year voluntary separation. To achieve that, you must spend one year apart not living under the same roof and not engaging in marital relations. (For more on the “grounds” needed to get a divorce in Maryland,...

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Terminating Child Support – What You Need to Know

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Nobody likes paying child support. As necessary as it is, nobody likes paying it. But the courts will almost always require it when you are a non custodial parent. It is about the best interests of the child – not your former spouse. So what happens when your child turns 18 and there is no...

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How to Ease the Pain & Expense of Divorce in Maryland

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 8 minutes

The breakup of a marriage is a painful and emotional process. In many ways it is the worst time to make smart decisions affecting your future. Yet it is very important that you do so. The decisions you make now can profoundly affect your life, and the lives of your children, for years. This post...

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Protective Orders in Maryland – How to File For One

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 11 minutes

If you are in an abusive relationship, it may seem as if you have few options and nowhere to turn. But that is not true. You can and should remove yourself and your children from the abuser. And in Maryland, you have many tools at your disposal to make that happen. One is filing for a...

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Local Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Experiencing an act of domestic violence is an overwhelming experience on several levels. Along with the psychological and physical trauma, you also face significant legal issues. You should get help – and you should get that help immediately. Below is list of resource that can help you deal many of the issues that you will...

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All About Alimony in a Maryland Divorce

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 9 minutes

This post explains how alimony is handled in a typical Maryland divorce. It is part of our Free Legal Consumer Guide to Divorce in Maryland. Alimony is part of some, but not all, Maryland divorce cases. For all the details on Divorce in Maryland, click here to read our entire Free Legal Guide on Divorce...

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Divorced Couples Should Work Together – At Least At Tax Time!

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Each tax filing season can bring up thorny issues that will affect couples long after they’ve separated. Unless ex-spouses can set aside their differences, one or both partners will often end up overpaying. For example, one tax preparer in a Wall Street Journal story told of a tax return he did where the wife was...

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