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Monthly Archives: March 2021


Does Maryland Family Law Allow Children to Request Custody Changes?

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The Maryland state courts will usually issue a child custody order when unmarried or divorced parents live apart. Subject to the best interests of the child, these orders provide specific rules for parenting time, living arrangements, visitation, and many other important considerations. Though in certain situations, a minor child may request a change to… Read More »

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Protective Orders for Victims of Domestic Violence in Maryland

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A protective order is a legal device available to the Maryland state courts in cases of domestic violence. These orders can help stop ongoing abuse and guard against future harm. But unlike peace orders, which are available to most abused victims, protective orders are restricted to situations where the abuser and victim are related…. Read More »

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What Happens if Someone Violates a Protective Order in Maryland?

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Under Maryland family law, a protective order allows the state courts to intervene in cases of abuse or domestic violence. Only certain types of victims qualify for protective orders, as a specific type of relationship with the alleged abuser is required. Generally speaking, Maryland reserves protective orders for situations where the alleged abuse occurred… Read More »

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What is an Independent Adoption Under Maryland Family Law?

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Independent adoption occurs without the assistance of a child placement agency, whether public or private. A common example of independent adoption is when a divorced parent gets remarried. Independent adoption can allow the new spouse to become a parent by adopting their partner’s child. Eligibility for Independent Adoption Maryland Code of Family Law Section… Read More »

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