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

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

Two children happily playing in Southern Maryland.

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

A family legal matter in Southern Maryland.

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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