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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...

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...