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Thursday, September 17, 2020

October 1st Maryland Child Support Changes


Beginning October 1, 2020, the manner in which child support is calculated is changing. There is now a three-tiered system for calculating child support that hopefully will alleviate instances where parents are battling over a few overnights. Currently, 128 overnights is the dividing line between sole physical custody and shared physical custody (joint legal/joint physical custody). The difference in what is paid under sole physical custody and shared physical custody is often significant. A parent who has 127 overnights may still have the same expenses as the parent having 128 overnights, but that one overnight could mean the difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month in child support, when the reality is that the amount of expenses are very similar 

As of October 1, 2020, cases will be evaluated on a three-tiered framework where: (1) one parent has the child(ren) for 91 overnights or less; (2) one parent has the child(ren) between 92 and 109 overnights; or (3) both parents have the children for at least 110 overnights.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Dangers of Minors and Sexting


Last summer, the Maryland Court of Appeals—the state’s highest court—decided that the state’s child pornography statute applies to a 16-year-old girl who texted a one-minute video of herself to her teenage best friends. In the video, she is seen performing a consensual sex act.

In his opinion, Judge Joseph M. Getty said that the court had to contend with this question: “Can a minor legally engaged in consensual sexual activity be his or her own pornographer through the act of sexting?”

In a 6–1 ruling, the judges decided that the answer was yes, despite considering the “complexities of the sociocultural phenomenon of sexting by minors.”

This is disturbing firstly, because a minor was engaged in this behavior, and secondly because, although she participated consensually, is now a child pornographer at the age of 16.


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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Child Visitation During COVID-19


How do I handle visitation with my children during the pandemic?  I have court-ordered bi-weekly visitation, and my Ex is using the COVID-19 stay at home orders as a reason why I should not have visitation.

We are all trying to make adjustments to the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Non-custodial parents with existing court orders have been finding it even more difficult.  

A court order has to be complied with by both parties, and a party that fails to do so could be held in contempt and risk a judge ordering a change in custody or losing tie-breaking authority.  Courts will always consider what is in the “best interest of the children,” when making a decision.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RGIII "No Pressure No Diamonds" Part 4

Robert Griffin III has been in the news lately for more than just football.  For the next few posts I'm going to talk about some of his mistakes and how you can avoid them.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

RGIII "No Pressure No Diamonds" Part 3

Robert Griffin III has been in the news lately for more than just football. For the next few posts I'm going to talk about some of his mistakes and how you can avoid them. 


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RGIII "No Pressure No Diamonds" Part 2

Robert Griffin III has been in the news lately for more than just football. For the next few posts I'm going to talk about some of his mistakes and how you can avoid them. 


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RGII "No Pressure No Diamonds" Part 1

Robert Griffin III has been in the news lately for more than just football. For the next few posts I'm going to talk about some of his mistakes and how you can avoid them. 


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fantasy Football Overload

I’m sitting having a round table discussion with some women business owners for whom I have a lot of respect. This is what I have figured out. Ok so I know that it’s football season and some of you are on a serious “Fantasy Football” overload, but ….. Man you are missing it.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Quotes

“Your Lack of Planning Does Not Constitute My Emergency.”
-Anonymous


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Women are from Venus… REALLY??!!

We’ve heard the adage over and over that men and women are just different. I can tell you I have had female clients who get the process, trust me to have their best interests, and we have had a successful experience. But I have had female clients, who really concern me with their level of determination to make their “soon to be X” suffer at all costs. Now just to be clear, I don’t condone this latter behavior, and having done this for a minute, I can usually weed that type of personality out at the initial consultation, and will refuse to take their case. Uh oh you thought that lawyers are obligated to take your case when you walk through the door.


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