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Protective order proceedings can move quickly

It is not all that uncommon to see a news story about a celebrity divorce or celebrity child custody matter that has dragged on for quite a long time. This may lead people to see family law proceedings as things that can go rather glacially slow. However, some family law matters can go at a very rapid pace. For example, here in Maryland, protective order proceedings related to domestic violence often happen in very compressed time-frames.

Take, for example, the time-frame following the issuing of a Temporary Protective Order in relation to a domestic violence incident. One of the big issues following the issuing of such an order is whether a final Protective Order will be issued in relation to the incident. A Temporary Protective Order typically only lasts seven days, while final Protective Orders can be more long-lasting.

Actions MD courts can take in response to visitation interference

Having one's visitation rights violated can have deeply harmful impacts on a parent. Thus, a parent may have many different concerns if their ex commits a violation of a custody/visitation order and this violation interferes with their visitation rights. We will go over some of these concerns and the actions that Maryland law allows courts to take in connection to such concerns. 

One concern is: can anything be done to help prevent further interference with my visitation rights? State law allows courts, in response to wrongful inference with visitation rights, to make changes to a custody/visitation order aimed at ensuring the order is complied with in the future. 

Enforcement of out-of-state child custody orders in Maryland

Sometimes, child custody issues will arise for a parent after a child custody order is put in place. One such type of issues are enforcement issues. Such issues can arise for a parent when the other parent fails to comply with terms of the order. 

Enforcement issues can be a very big deal, as child custody violations can be very negatively impactful on the parent they are committed against and the child the order regards. Child custody attorneys can go over options for seeking enforcement actions with parents who have been subjected to a violation of a child custody order. 

What does alternative dispute resolution mean to you?

Dispute resolution means vastly different things to different people. A significant portion of divorcing couples remains amicable and begins the process in agreement on all points. Conversely, there are divorces that proceed contentiously - requiring traditional courtroom litigation to resolve differences. In the middle, however, are couples who could benefit from mediation and collaborative law.

Resolving a dispute in a courtroom can be an intimidating and frustrating experience for many individuals. In order to avoid this process, alternative methods of dispute resolution (ADR) were developed. Most commonly, mediation and collaboration are offered as preferred methods of ADR.

Noncustodial parents have rights too

Sometimes, after parents get divorced or separate, one of the parents is granted primary physical custody of the kids. For the other parent, the noncustodial parent, this generally means the kids will not be living with them. However, being the noncustodial parent does not mean not having any rights regarding the kids. There are many different rights Maryland noncustodial parents can have.

For one, noncustodial parents are often granted some sort of visitation rights when it comes to their kids. Thus, they often still get the opportunity to have quality time with their kids. 

Are protective orders issued in one state enforceable in another?

Domestic violence can traumatize a victim in a variety of different ways. It can leave them haunted by memories of the abuse. It can also leave them with a great deal of fear that the perpetrator may try to abuse them again. Fear and bad memories can sometimes make continuing to reside in the community they have lived in intolerable for a domestic violence victim.

Thus, one thing domestic abuse victims will sometimes do to try to get a fresh start to things and get themselves in a position where they can move on with their life is move to a new community. Sometimes, such a move will involve moving to a new state.

Privacy in high-asset divorces

Last post, we discussed one of the things that can be a major concern for a person who is in a high-asset divorce, getting as fair of a property division as possible. Of course, this is not the only thing that can be a high priority for a person in a high-asset divorce. Another is keeping the specific legal details of the divorce as private as possible.

Privacy is something that pretty much every divorcing couple values quite highly when it comes to the specifics of their divorce. The legal issues in a divorce can touch on some sensitive and personal issues that a couple understandably would prefer not to be broadcast to the public at large. 

Mistakes that could lead to an imbalanced divorce settlement

In high-asset divorces, the issue that tends to be the dominant one is the division of the couple's property. Sometimes, divorcing couples in a high-asset divorce reach a settlement dictating what sort of property division will occur. Given how major of impacts the specifics of a property division can have, reaching a fair division can be incredibly important when negotiating a property division settlement in a high-asset divorce.

When trying to work out a property division settlement in a high-asset divorce, careful attention to the little details can matter quite a bit. Mistakes can be costly, as they can result in a division being less balanced and fair than one thinks it is. Today, we will go over some of the potentially impactful mistakes individuals sometimes make when it comes to property division in high-asset divorces.

Notification requirements for parent moves

Preparing to move can be a very hectic process during which a person has a substantial amount of things on their plate. Moves by parents who are divorced/separated are certainly no exception to this.

Sometimes, the hecticness of preparing for a move will cause certain things to slip a person's mind. This is understandable; we are all only human after all. However, there are certain things that it can be incredibly important for a person to not forget to do when preparing for a move. For divorced or separated parents who have minor children who are covered under a custody or visitation order, one of these things is to check to see if there is anything that the custody/visitation order requires them to do in regards to a move.

Mediation an alternative to litigation in child custody matters

There are many fears that Maryland parents may have when they are trying to work through a child custody matter. One thing they might be afraid of is that the custody matter will end up leading to a big court battle.

There are many different reasons why a parent may feel very strongly about wanting to avoid a big court battle in a custody matter. They may be concerned about the financial toll such a battle could take. They may be worried that such a battle could be emotionally scarring to their kids. They may be afraid that the contentiousness of such a battle could make it much more difficult for them to work together with their ex to achieve what is best for their kids in the future.

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