After A Divorce, Who Gets To Claim The Kids On Their Taxes?

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 2 minutes

tax bill

Normally, the legal issue of who can claim the children will be something your lawyer will deal with during the divorce.  If you have children of the marriage, your separation agreement or divorce decree will usually address the issue of who gets the kids at tax time. This is something that can be negotiated. You should…

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Does Mothers’ Preference Win in Custody?

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

mom and child

Recently a male client seeking a consultation on divorce and child custody asked if a father has a real shot at getting custody over the mother. My response was “of course!” This person did not seem convinced and asked, “Well, what about mothers being considered the better provider? Isn’t that how Maryland determines custody?” No….

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De Facto Parent Status in Family Law Cases

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

grandmother and child

The old woman who lived in a shoe probably never wondered if she was a parent because she had so many children. But for some people, it is not that obvious.  What about grandparents who raise their grandchildren as their own? Are they simply grandparents, or are they considered parents too? What about a man…

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In Family Law Cases, The Court Cannot Do Everything

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

justice scales

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.  Generally speaking, if the parties cannot agree on how their lives should be reordered by coming to…

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