Legislation to require court-appointed child custody evaluators to have specialized education and experience with abused children drew opposition from the Maryland Judiciary.
An adult cannot be deemed a child's 'de facto parent' unless both legal parents consent – regardless of how neglectful they might have been, appeals court says.
People cannot be held in civil contempt for having violated a court order if they have come into compliance with it and intend to remain so, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled.
An adult involved in raising a child cannot be a "de facto parent" with a claim to visitation unless both parents consented to relationship, high court says.
One parent’s incessant and insulting criticism of the other to their child does not give rise to a compensable claim of intentional interference with parental relations by the criticized parent, even if the child does not want to visit him or her as a result, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday in a battle between ex-spouses. […]
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. In its reported decision, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled Wednesday that a nonparent […]
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.
A bill to permit parents of minor children to divorce via agreement resolving all property, financial, custodial and visitation issues will head to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk.
There are four main reasons why I encourage my clients to settle cases outside of court (especially in custody cases).
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 of a father’s parental rights, saying a Baltimore city judge had inappropriately considered th[...]
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 the harder-to-show standard of clear and convincing evidence of unfitness. The court’s relaxed standard appears […]
A trial court can award joint legal custody to two parents even if they are found to be nearly incapable of communicating and reaching shared decisions about their children, Maryland’s top court has ruled. The Court of Appeals also found a trial court’s use of tiebreaking provisions granting one parent the final authority to make […]