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Same-Sex Divorce in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Legal marriage has only been available in Maryland since 2013. So while same-sex divorces are subject to the exact same regulations as hetero divorces, there are sometimes complexities in applying laws that were written without same-sex couples in mind. If you are a member of a same-sex couple that is facing divorce, having a… Read More »

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Residency Requirements for Maryland Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Let’s say your marriage is on the rocks, and you’re considering divorce. Chances are you have questions as to how to proceed, starting with residency requirements. A local divorce attorney can make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed so your divorce can run as smoothly as possible. Legal Residency Requirements… Read More »

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Has your Spouse Falsely Accused you of Abuse During Divorce Proceedings?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Getting a divorce can be a tricky business, and never more so than when one party makes derogatory claims against another. If an individual chooses to defame his or her spouse in order to gain some advantage in divorce negotiations, what recourse does an innocent spouse have? After all, domestic violence is a serious… Read More »

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Military Divorce in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Marriages of all kinds face unique stresses, perhaps none more than those involving military personnel. Extended separations, constant worry, and an uncertain future in terms of where couples may be stationed and when the next deployment will be, can excite tensions that many Americans simply cannot comprehend. To complicate matters, PTSD and other mental,… Read More »

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Applying for a Protective Order or a Peace Order in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you or a loved one is living in fear of another individual committing violence against you, you may wish to consider obtaining a Peace or Protective Order against that person. A local family attorney can assist you in determining the next steps.  Protective Order or a Peace Order:  What’s the Difference?  A judge… Read More »

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I Want a Divorce and Have No Idea How to Go About It

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you’re considering divorce, you are not alone. Many of us have heard the statistics related to unhappy and dissolving marriages. But this is something you’ve never done before, and something on which you certainly are no expert. So how should you proceed? A local Baltimore family attorney can help you as you proceed… Read More »

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Special Rules for Youth to Marry in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

People get married for lots of reasons. While romantics like to think of love as the primary motivation for tying the knot, there are other incentives for some: money, healthcare, opportunity, parenthood, and sometimes, to escape a bad situation. Regardless of the reason, Maryland legislators this year took a look at the younger subsection… Read More »

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Your Rights in Divorce and Custody: Stay-at-Home Dads

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Are you a stay-at-home dad who is the primary caregiver? If so, you are not alone. Last year, nearly 2 million dads chose to stay home and raise the kids, and almost 32,000 of them are right here in Maryland. That’s about 16 percent of all the parents who stay home with children. Why… Read More »

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Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When parents cannot agree on custody issues in a divorce, the court has a number of support services available designed to help them make sound decisions regarding their children. Some commonly utilized interventions include courses in co-parenting, problem resolution training (known as parent coordination), mediation services, assistance with mental health issues, monitored child exchanges,… Read More »

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Collecting Child Support when Parents don’t want to Pay

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Raising a child requires a lot of time and money. Statistics provided by the United States Department of Agriculture shows that in today’s economy, supporting a child from birth to age 18 will cost the typical middle-income family over $230,000. After that, expenses associated with college or trade school, weddings, and other support can… Read More »

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