For some fathers paternity testing in Maryland maybe an important topic they may have to address with their significant other. Paternity is the legal or biological relationship between a father and his child. When a married woman gives birth to a child in Maryland, the law assumes that the woman’s husband is also the father…

In Maryland, stepparent adoptions represent one of the most common forms of adoption. Most Maryland stepparent adoptions occur when one parent is largely absent or has completely abandoned the child. In this case, a Maryland stepparent will petition the Maryland Circuit Court to establish legal parental rights to a child. What is a Maryland Stepparent…

When an unmarried couple has a baby, only the mother is automatically recognized as a legal parent. Establishing paternity is one way to legally ensure that the baby’s biological father becomes the legal father as well. Signing the father’s name on a birth certificate is not enough to legally determine paternity. Who Can File A Paternity…

Maryland’s judiciary annually make case decisions that shape the lives of families throughout Maryland. Similar to the legislature’s changes, these decisions have a lasting impact on Maryland family law. Take a look at some important updates in the following reported cases decided between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016. 1. Courts cannot consider polygraph…

Every year, Maryland’s legislature passes laws that shape how family law cases are handled throughout Maryland. For example, last year’s addition of “Mutual Consent” as a grounds for divorce has allowed thousands of Maryland families to efficiently divorce without the lengthy time requirements and costs associated with other divorce grounds. Here is a look at…

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