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Family Law Archives

Get answers about your family law concerns

In a recent blog post, we discussed how important it is to make sure that you are ready for marriage before you say "I do." One of the points that we touched on was how important it is for some people to have a premarital agreement before the big day. This isn't something that can happen right before you walk down the aisle. Instead, it has to be carefully planned and presented in a way that will render it enforceable if the time comes.

Take the time to make sure you are ready for marriage

This blog often covers posts about what to do when you are getting ready to divorce. While that is important for some people, other people might want to know some ways they can protect themselves if they are getting ready to get married. One of the most important things you can do if you are planning to get married is to make sure that you are actually ready to get married.

What are the differences between open and closed adoptions?

In our previous blog post, we discussed how adoptions are joyful family affairs. It is important that you take the time necessary to ensure that the adoption you are considering is the best option for your family. The type of adoption that you are using can have a big impact on your happiness in the future.

Adoptions: Joyful family law cases

If you think of family law, you might automatically think of negative things. Family matter is more than just high-tension child custody cases and contested divorces. We also handle adoptions that can change a child's life for the better. If you are considering adoption to grow your family, you should make sure that you know your rights and understand the process so that you are ready for each step as it comes.

Can good communication divorce-proof your marriage?

Check out any marriage self-help book and you'll see at least one chapter devoted to communication. Positive communication has long been seen by many as a way to save a bad marriage or prevent things from going downhill to begin with. However, a recent study out of the University of Georgia seems to indicate that good communication may not be the simple solution.

How should you handle finances during a separation?

Everything about ending a relationship is difficult, but separation periods before a divorce can be especially challenging. This is because you often feel like you are divorced but in reality, the marriage is still legally intact. You may be operating in a completely different place than your spouse and only see him or her during custody exchanges, but any decisions you make during this time can have a serious impact on your finances now and your divorce later on.

Grandparents' rights and mediation

Grandparents can be an integral part of a child's upbringing, and many serve as major influences for the children. More practically, grandparents are often the main child care provider, especially for very young children, when the parents have to work or have other obligations. Because of this, when a grandparents I not able to see their grandchild, whether as a result of the parents' divorce or because on parent has passed away, it can create a very difficult situation.

What is the legal definition of a father in Maryland?

While it may seem unusual to have to define who a father is according to the law, it is an important legal matter that many unmarried parents must deal with. Until a father is legally declared for the child, there can be no decisions made on visitation or child support. Understanding how the family courts determine who the legal father is in these situations is an important part of being prepared for your case.

Tips for dealing with parenting conflicts with your ex

Every divorced parent is concerned about making mistakes. Don't worry -- you will, and so will your ex. However, it's how you deal with those mistakes, both the ones you make and particularly the ones that your ex makes, that can help you both build a better co-parenting relationship for the sake of your kids.