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Child Custody and Unilateral Moves Out of State

In a recent case before the Court of Special Appeals, the Court addressed child custody issues when one parent makes the unilateral decision to move out of state with the child.  This case, the mother made frequent visits to her family out of state.  On the...

Child Custody Rights and De Facto Parents

In a case decided August of 2020, the Court of Special Appeals addressed the issue of de facto parents in a child custody case.  This was a case of first impression in Maryland.  The issue was whether one parent could foster a parent-like relationship of a...

Material Change in Circumstances

Modification of child support and visitation awards require a material change in circumstances.  This can often be a complex issue.  Indeed, it does not matter whether the change sought is a minor change or a significant change amending the entirety of the...

Alimony in Maryland is Rehabilitative

Absent extraordinary conditions, alimony in Maryland is rehabilitative.  This means that the purpose of alimony is to give the party receiving it time to    become self-supporting.  Only where it is clear to the court that the party receiving...

Mental Health Records in Custody Cases

The Maryland Court of Appeals addressed mental health records in custody cases in 2000 in Laznovsky v. Laznovsky.  In that case, the Court of Appeals found that the psychiatrist/psychologist-patient privilege was not waived by virtue of seeking sole legal custody...

Maryland Child Custody Guidelines

With regards to 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...