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January 2016 Archives

If my spouse isn't paying support, can I deny visitation?

When a noncustodial parent fails to meet a support obligation, they're not only in violation of the law, they're creating an incredibly problematic situation for the custodial parent as well. Not only does the custodial parent have to deal with the financial burden of supporting a child on a single income, they must also address the legal issue at hand.

Can same-sex couples cite adultery as a ground for divorce?

As some of our more frequent blog readers know, Maryland is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. This means that couples seeking the dissolution of their marriage do not have to have grounds for divorce. Citing irreconcilable differences and waiting the 12-month separation period is acceptable.

What's the difference between an open and closed adoption?

Times are constantly changing and what was once considered the cultural norm 20 or 30 years ago certainly isn't the case now. Take for example adoptions. In the past, many – if not all – adoptions were closed. But nowadays, things are different. Many birthparents and adoptive parents are starting to see the benefits of an open adoption, making way for new and better arrangements in the end.