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Aug 30, 2017

Report: Maryland marriage laws make forced child marriage more likely

Maryland's marriage laws have several "loopholes" which can make forced or coerced child marriage more likely, according to a new report from the Tahirih Justice Center.

Apr 11, 2017

Parental-rights, marriage, parole bills fail in General Assembly

The General Assembly failed to pass a bill to enable courts to strip parental rights from a parent who conceived the child through non-consensual intercourse.

Feb 24, 2017

Women’s Law Center pushes back on underage marriage ban

Legislation to prohibit marriage for anyone younger than 18 drew criticism from women’s rights advocates at a hearing in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Bill 799, introduced by Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard, would do away with current provisions that allow a 16- or 17-year-old to get married with parental permission or proof […]

Feb 20, 2017

Md. legislation seeks to eliminate exceptions to marriage age

A bill to outlaw marriage for anyone under the age of 18 without exceptions was reintroduced in the General Assembly this year, making Maryland part of a national movement to outlaw child marriage under any circumstances.

Feb 5, 2016

Dorie Fain: Five lessons from working with divorcing couples

Recently, I have been in intense negotiations between divorcing spouses. This is not work for the faint of heart. I finish each work day after these meetings feeling emotionally exhausted and, at times, unclear as to what has been accomplished. With more time and reflection, I become aware that a great deal has actually been […]

Sep 29, 2015

On being married to a lawyer

In my first blog post, I mentioned that I met a “pretty cool girl” immediately after our first-semester finals at Maryland Law who later became my wife, now of nearly eight years. We were but one of many law school couples in our class who later became law school spouses and who are now producing […]

Aug 28, 2015

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Apr 27, 2015

Baltimore city employee sues after Islamic-law marriage not recognized

A Baltimore city employee and observant Muslim has filed suit against his employer for not recognizing his Islamic-law marriage, which he says has left his pregnant wife without health insurance. Idris Abdus-Shahid and Baiyina Jones were married 17 years ago in a religious ceremony but never obtained a civil marriage license before they were married, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in [...]

Apr 10, 2015

NYC woman pleads not guilty in fake-marriages case

A woman tied the knot 10 times in an immigration scam and is still listed as married to four of the men, including one who was deported because of threats against the United States, prosecutors said Friday.

Jul 15, 2014

The art of the infidelity clause

When it comes to adultery, an infidelity clause in the prenuptial agreement can make a million-dollar difference in a client’s rights after divorce.

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Jul 14, 2014

Atlanta Braves face lawsuit over foul ball that fractured girl’s skull

Marriage matters not, Citigroup settles and jail mail round out this week's Law Blog Roundup.

Jun 11, 2014

S. Baptist leader: No change on marriage stance

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention said Wednesday that the denomination won't relax its position on same-sex marriage and transgender identity, even as courts across the country strike down gay marriage bans and the group tries to bolster membership.

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