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How to Handle High-Conflict Custody Cases

Even the most amicable family law matters are emotional and stressful for those involved. The most emotionally difficult cases often involve issues that have to do with the children, like child custody and parenting time. Many parents are able to negotiate responsibility… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
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The Role of a Child Custody Expert Witness

If you are a parent of a minor child, it’s likely that the issues in your family law case that are most challenging are those that have to do with the well-being of your child, like child custody. In a contested custody… Read More
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What is Bird’s Nest Custody?

“Bird’s nest custody,” also called “birdnesting” or “nesting,” is an attempt to solve an enduring problem in divorces and child custody cases involving minor children. One of the primary concerns divorcing parents have is the disruption that the divorce will cause in… Read More
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Third-Party Custody Rights in Maryland

As most grandparents, step-parents, and aunts and uncles know, you do not have to be a child’s legal parent to have a deep, meaningful bond with the child. But if you are not a legal or biological parent, do you have any… Read More
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False Allegations in Custody Cases

Child custody cases in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia are decided based on the best interest of the child. The factors on which a court evaluates a child’s best interest may vary somewhat from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, allegations of abuse… Read More
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Joint Child Custody Exchange Rules

When parents no longer live together, joint physical custody is often the best arrangement for parenting. Joint physical custody means that the children have a home with each parent, and that neither parent is just a “visitor” in their children’s lives. But… Read More
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Service of Process in a Divorce or Custody Lawsuit

One of the very first things that new law students are taught is that a court cannot assert personal jurisdiction over a defendant unless that person has been given proper notice of the lawsuit through “service of process.” In layman’s terms, that… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody, Divorce
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Can a Child Choose Which Parent To Live With?

For married parents who are divorcing, or unmarried parents who don’t share a household, arriving at a custody arrangement for their children is often challenging. Parents who have been living with their child full-time worry about becoming merely a “visitor” in their… Read More
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Factors in Awarding Child Custody in D.C.

If you are contemplating a child custody matter in the District of Columbia, understanding child custody factors in D.C. is essential to navigating the legal process. In custody, as with other family law matters, you and your co–parent are generally free to… Read More
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Effective Strategies for Litigating a Child Custody Case

Custody is one of the most emotionally and legally difficult issues to resolve in a divorce or breakup, even an amicable one. When custody is contested, the process is even more challenging for everyone involved—especially the children. We are often asked how… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody