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. ...Read More »
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.Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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.Read More »
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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