After a divorce is finalized, you will have several orders in place that must be followed for a set period of time. In most cases, these orders will be in place for several years at the least, and in some situations, are actually meant to last for life. The courts understand, however, that people’s situations change and it is sometimes necessary to have a post-judgment modification made. The following are four common Read More
A Brief Overview of the Maryland Guardianship of a Minor Proceedings
There are times when someone needs to provide care for someone who is not their biological child. This could be because of the death of the child’s parents or for some other reason. While it is not an ideal situation, it is important to make sure your child’s future is handled properly. In most cases, this means naming someone as the legal guardian of the child or children. Take some time to learn the basics of how Read More
Do You Advocate for Father’s Rights?
The other day I got a call in the office and the caller asked me just that question: "Do you advocate for father's rights?" My response was "I advocate for parent's rights". CLICK! I can't say I was surprised that the caller hung up on me. When you ask a question like that it signals that you believe there is an unjust tilting of the judicial process in favor of women. That perception, spoken with absolute Read More
Control Your Outcome – What the NFL Referee Lockout Teaches Family Law Clients
The settlement of the NFL referee lockout generated a sigh of relief throughout the country yesterday as the league and the referee's union announced an agreement that put an end to the lockout. The workplace dispute resulted in three weeks of disarray, erroneous results, and a real economic impact the the league and it's followers. The sad part is that the deal that was agreed to was available before the start of Read More
Leaving It To the Court to Decide
This story has been told by judges and family division masters in Montgomery County many times but it bears repeating. A couple stands before the judge in a highly disputed child custody case. The judge turns to the mother and says, "Ma’am, do you love your child?" To which she replies, "Of course I do!" He then turns to the father and asks the same question. “But of course I love my child.” The judge turns to them Read More
When Will I Become Jaded?
I'm sure it will come at some point. Listening to all of my esteemed colleagues, who have been practicing far longer than I have, moan and groan about the system and about judges in particular, makes me wonder when I will become equally jaded. Because to date, I have been remarkably surprised about how accommodating the court has been towards me and my clients. There have been times when my clients have been late for Read More
Should You Settle Your Case?
Like most legal questions, the answer is generally it depends. My practice concentrates on two primary areas of law: family law (divorces, child custody) and personal injury law (automobile accidents, slip & falls). Settling the case means different things in each discipline but generally it refers to resolving the issue without have the court make the ultimate decision. The court may help along the way by Read More