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Involuntary Manslaughter & Vehicular Homicide Under Maryland Law

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Involuntary manslaughter is a violent crime that involves the death of a person. Vehicular homicide is a type of involuntary manslaughter crime that involves certain vehicles. In either case, the offender causes the death of another person without intending to do so. To understand what this means, the following sections will explore Maryland laws… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Address Nonpayment of Spousal or Child Support?

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Under Maryland family law, certain individuals are required to make spousal or child support payments. If such an individual fails to make court-ordered support payments, they can face various consequences under Maryland law, including but not limited to prison time and hefty fines. Penalties for Failure to Pay Spousal Support Maryland Code, Family Law… Read More »

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What Happens to Marital Property after a Maryland Divorce?

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When a married couple decides to pursue a divorce in Maryland, there are many required steps in the legal process. One of those steps involves property division, where the couple must decide how to separate their common property. Referred to legally as marital property, the couple or the state courts generally complete the division… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Family Law Determine Matters of Child Custody?

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Maryland family law recognizes certain rights and duties with respect to parent-child relationships. Each parent generally has a right to some level of child custody, while also jointly bearing the burden of child support. Though in matters of dispute, the Maryland courts have the authority to determine an appropriate custody arrangement, while honoring the… Read More »

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Exploring Maryland Laws Against Child Abuse

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Child abuse is a specific type of domestic violence crime under Maryland law. In these cases, the victim is always a minor child under the age of 18 years old. Furthermore, the abuser must have a certain type of relationship with the child victim — such as a parent, guardian, or family member. Important… Read More »

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What is the Maryland Approach to Ignition Interlock Systems?

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Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is an exceedingly dangerous behavior that leads to harm, injury, and even death. To curb this impact, Maryland law requires DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock system for a predetermined amount of time. Once installed, these systems measure for intoxication to help safeguard against… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Annulment & Divorce in Maryland?

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Under Maryland family law, annulment and divorce are legal devices that enable spouses to end their marriage. But these devices are reserved for certain reasons, referred to legally as grounds. The legal grounds in Maryland for annulment are different from the legal grounds for limited or absolute divorce. Annulment Annulment is only available for… Read More »

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Child Visitation Rights Under Maryland Family Law

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Child visitation rights allow a parent or other person without to spend regular time with a child — even if they do not have legal child custody rights. Visitation arrangements are subject to approval by the Maryland state courts, which are always bound to consider the best interests of the child involved. Child’s Best… Read More »

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What is the Process for Requesting a Peace Order in Maryland?

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A peace order is a legal command from the Maryland courts that protects victims of recent criminal acts or threats of harm. Unlike protective orders — which only protect victims who are related to the abuser through blood, marriage, or other factors — peace orders are available to just about anyone. The process for… Read More »

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Is it Legal to Possess an Assault Weapon in Maryland?

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Under Maryland state law, there are various rules and regulations concerning firearms. Any person who violates these state laws is guilty of a gun crime, which can lead to prison time and costly fines. In addition to other gun laws, Maryland prohibits any person from purchasing, possessing, or using assault weapons. What is the… Read More »

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