2012

Blog Posts in 2012

  • Deviation from Child Support Guidelines

    Under Maryland law the amount of child support to be paid in an action to establish child support is based on the child support guidelines contained in Section 12-202 of the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code. These guidelines are based on what has become known as the "incomes shared" method of calculating child support, in which the parents pay a percentage of the support for their child ...
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  • Decision Making Authority of a Parent Coordinator

    A parent coordinator is a person appointed by the Court in a high conflict divorce to reduce the effects of conflict on the parties’ child. Parent Coordinators have been used in Separation Agreements and have been appointed by the Court for approximately twenty years, without rules regulating their conduct and appointment. Rule 9-205.2 of the Maryland Rules, entitled "Parenting Coordination", was ...
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  • New Bill Proposed - Living Together But Entitled to a Divorce

    Another bill (SB 334) was just proposed in Annapolis that will open new doors for families and attorneys. Last year, the law was changed to allow married persons to divorce so long as they lived separate and apart for one year. But what constitutes "separate and apart." For years, ever since the Ricketts case, attorneys have pondered and argued whether living separate and apart under the same roof ...
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  • Maryland General Assembly Back in Session - The Debate Over Same Sex Marriage Continues...

    Last week our legislature returned to Annapolis to begin this year’s session. What will they be considering over its 90 day session? No one knows for certain. On average, in any given session, our senators and delegates will be acting on over 2000 bills. Last year 2,353 were introduced, and of those 707 passed. Included in those that passed was at least one big change for family-law ...

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