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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...