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Questions for your Divorce Attorney

By Hasson D. Barnes |

As your marriage unravels and you reflect on the possibility of a divorce, you probably realize that having an experienced family law attorney on your side is an incredibly important thing.  But how do you know if you’re getting the representation you need?  The initial consultation can reveal some very important information, if you… Read More »

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DadDaughter

When Kids get the Worst of the Divorce: Parental Alienation

By Hasson D. Barnes |

It makes sense that divorcing couples may not be too fond of one another; that’s why they’re splitting up, right?  A certain degree of –hopefully temporary—animosity is to be expected.  But the fact of the matter is, real problems can develop when one partner puts the kids in the line of fire.  Commonly known… Read More »

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Securing Guardianship of a Vulnerable Adult

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Too many elderly and otherwise vulnerable adults are prey to unscrupulous pariahs who seek to abuse or exploit them. Maryland courts are determined to protect these vulnerable adults and elderly Marylanders.  Rules related to guardians, guardianships, and lawyers are designed to protect those who are unable to manage their own finances or who cannot… Read More »

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DomViol

Locked Down with an Abuser During Pandemic

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you live with an abusive spouse, you may be more panicked than ever now that the country is in the throes of the Covid-19  pandemic.  Close quarters can be difficult under the best of circumstances; the increased stresses associated with the medical, economic, and personal impacts families are suffering due to coronavirus make… Read More »

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CouplePhone

Getting Your Hands on Text Messages to Support Claims of Domestic Violence

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Domestic violence plagues far too many households across this country.  Disputes that become emotionally or physically abusive can have a devastating impact on victims, particularly children when they witness or become the brunt of an attack.  When attempting to assemble proof documenting such abuse, one might gather medical records, police reports, photos, and witness… Read More »

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Domestic Violence Takes Lives in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When Kaylyn High stepped up to help her friend escape a physical conflict with an aggressive lover, she surely did not know that her intervention would result in her own untimely death.  But when the spurned lover pulled out a gun, it was Kaylyn who was shot in the head as the women sped… Read More »

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Visitation Schedules that Benefit Everyone

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Custody and visitation issues can be a thorny topic for couples facing divorce, and the emotions get infinitely more intense when the subject of holiday visitation comes up. While it may seem an overwhelming task, it is, indeed, possible with a little planning. Holidays and Other Breaks While families automatically think of the big… Read More »

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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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DomesticViol

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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