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Maryland Child Custody Guidelines

One of the most common questions in child custody cases are how does the Court make its determinations. In Maryland, there are two sets of established, non-exclusive criteria that the Court should examine of purposes of custody.  While these criteria govern the...

A History of Substance Abuse Can Be Overcome in Custody Cases

In a June unreported opinion, the Court upheld a ruling that involved a history of alcoholism.  This is a hot-button issue that comes up more often than it should.  One side of this issue typically tries to oversell the substance abuse issue, and the other...

Flexibility in Custody Cases

In a 2020 case, the Court of Special Appeals modified the child custody order because the father refused to take the child to planned extracurricular activities.  The child, a teenager, engaged in several sport and social extracurricular activities.  The...

Arbitration vs. Litigation

The one question I get asked the most in the beginning of the litigation process is whether to choose arbitration or litigation.  It is really not that easy.  The route of arbitration has very specific requirements.   Failing those, litigation is...

What Are the Pros and Cons of the DOL Fiduciary Rule in Maryland?

If you work in the financial services industry or give financial advising for 401k and other retirement investments, you likely have come across the new Department of Labor fiduciary rule. While this rule may make your job harder and increase the rules and...