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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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Who Gets to Keep the Family Home & Family Property After a Maryland Divorce?

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It is policy in the State of Maryland to enable children to remain in familiar environments and communities, even if the parents go through a divorce. Consequently, the property division process during a divorce takes into consideration the best interests of any children involved. This is particularly true when it comes to awarding possession… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Classify Illegal Drugs into Schedules?

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Any person who commits a drug crime in Maryland — such as possessing, or distributing illegal drugs — can face severe criminal punishment under state law. That being said, the specific punishment often changes based on the type of illegal drug in question. Under Maryland law, illegal drugs are referred to as controlled substances… Read More »

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When Are Maryland Parents Required to Support Adult Children?

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In the State of Maryland, a parent’s child support and care duties typically involve minor children under the age of 18 years old. At that point, children reach adulthood and are responsible for supporting themselves. In certain cases, however, Maryland law requires a parent to support their children into adulthood. Referred to as adult… Read More »

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Interim, Temporary & Final Protective Orders For Maryland Domestic Violence

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Any person who is a victim of domestic violence in Maryland can go to the state courts and ask for protection. Certain petitioners will seek protection in the form of a protective order.  This device enables the judicial system to intervene on behalf of certain domestic violence victims. Whether domestic violence involves assault and… Read More »

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