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Md. appeals court: De facto parents may get attorney’s fees in custody cases

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Adults so intimately connected to a child’s upbringing as to be de facto parents are eligible for attorney’s fees when their right to custody, visitation or support is challenged without substantial justification by another party, Maryland’s second-highest court has held. ...

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Md. high court: Parental-termination judges should stick to statute

Court of Appeals

Judges in termination of parental rights cases must make sure their decisions are not clouded by considerations more appropriate for third-party child-custody disputes, such as the certainty of the youngster’s future with adoptive parents, Maryland’s top court ruled this week.

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Md. court: Custody has no place in termination of parental rights rulings

Court of Appeals

Judges must refrain from child-custody considerations when determining whether a mother or father’s parental rights should be terminated based on “exceptional circumstances,” Maryland’s second highest court has ruled. In its 3-0 decision, the Court of Special Appeals overturned the termination ...

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Court eases parental-fitness standard in grandparents’ rights case

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

In a landmark family-law ruling, Maryland’s top court held Tuesday that grandparents seeking custody of a grandchild need show only by a preponderance of the evidence that the parent is unfit. In its decision, the Court of Appeals ruled unnecessary ...

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Court of Appeals will review denial of visitation following same-sex divorce

Michael Conover and his son, Jaxon. (Courtesy of Michael Conover)

Maryland’s top court has agreed to decide if the former same-sex partner of a child’s mother has the parental rights of custody and visitation because the decision to conceive the child was mutual and the couple married – but later divorced – after the child’s birth.

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Md. appellate court gives father another chance at custody

A Maryland appeals court has revived a father’s challenge to a judge’s award of primary physical custody to the child’s mother, saying the jurist was wrong to have simply approved a family magistrate’s recommendation regarding custody after the father objected.

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