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HTMLNew Maryland Divorce Law Moves the Bar
Hadrian N. Hatfield; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 4, 2016
The Maryland Legislature continues to reform and modernize the laws that address separation and divorce, and this past legislative session is no exception. Among the important new divorce related laws is HB 274, which takes effect on October 1, 2016. This law repeals the requirement that grounds...

 

HTMLDe Facto Parents Recognized by Maryland’s Highest Court
Hadrian N. Hatfield; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 13, 2016
In a momentous decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals just reversed itself and recognized the de facto parent doctrine, thus widening the scope of who can sue for custodial rights. This decision, by a reformulated Court, explicitly overruled its own holding in Janice M. v. Margaret K., 404 Md. 661...

 

HTMLFreedom, Democracy, and the Rule of (Family) Law
Hadrian N. Hatfield; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 6, 2016
It seems appropriate in this month of July, when both the United States and France celebrate national holidays, to reflect on how we, as participants in separation and divorce cases, can support the high ideals of Freedom, Democracy, and the Rule of Law. These two countries, respectively, were the...

 

HTMLPrenuptial Agreements; The Before Marriage Divorce Contract
Stacy Rocheleau; RIGHT Lawyers;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016
Prenuptials agreements are used to keep assets and debts separate if the marriage ends in a divorce. Are they enforceable? Right Lawyers, and divorce attorney Stacy Rocheleau, discusses.

 

Adobe PDFAll Things Enforcement or Get That Nasty Writ Away From Me!
Karen L. Marvel, Carmen Rojo, Brandon J. Wong; Marvel & Wong, PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2016, previously published on Fall 2015
This article addresses enforcement of family violence protective orders, possession and access orders and child support enforcement orders. As attorneys asked to address a roomful of judges, the authors sought to give this august body some guidance on how to keep your cases out of your local court...

 

HTMLParental Alienation: Surely the Time Has Come to Effect Change?
Lisa Fabian Lustigman; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2016, previously published on May 19, 2016
Dealing with the causes and consequences of parental alienation is one of the most difficult tasks faced by the Family Court. The law reports are littered with cases in which parents have, through no fault of their own, been unable to maintain relationships with their children, even with the...

 

HTMLDivorce and the Military: Things to Consider When it Comes to Your Marital Settlement Agreement and Disability Compensation
Jessica Susan Blumberg; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
If you are a current or retired member of the armed services and are considering a divorce or are divorced already, there are important considerations to keep in mind relating to your Marital Settlement Agreement and disability compensation.

 

HTMLDivorce Doesn't Necessarily Mean the Destruction of a Family Business
Robert J. Merlin; Robert J. Merlin, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016, previously published by South Florida Business Journal on April 2016
On March 24, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed into law HB 967, the Collaborative Law Process Act, which officially recognizes the Collaborative Process as an alternative to traditional litigation. New Florida Statute 61.55 states, "The collaborative law process is a unique non-adversarial...

 

Adobe PDFAfter 7 Years, Collaborative Law Process Bill Moves to Governor
Robert J. Merlin; Robert J. Merlin, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016, previously published by Daily Business Journal on March 24, 2016
The Florida Legislature passed the Collaborative Law Process Act. If Governor Rick Scott signs the bill, Florida would become the 15th state in the U.S. to adopt such a law.

 

HTMLPredicting a Divorce Storm
Stacy Rocheleau; RIGHT Lawyers;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016
A recent survey of thousands of divorced couples showed several behaviors which may indicate a divorce storm is looming.

 


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