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August 2017 Archives

A state tries new child custody approach to reunite families

When a parent is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, one of the biggest things that he or she stands to lose is parental rights. These types of child custody cases are among the most heart wrenching and difficult matters to come before family courts, in Maryland and across the nation. One state is working to find a way to reunite parents and children, and to combat the destruction of families that so often occurs when drug or alcohol addiction is a factor.

Can parents lose child custody rights over IQ testing results?

Most Maryland parents assume that if they provide a safe and loving home for their kids, then their parental rights will never be challenged by the state. In fact, the vast majority of parents give absolutely no thought to having to battle the state for the right to raise their own child. In reality, however, there are cases in which parents have their rights stripped for reasons that are highly questionable to most. An example is found in a case where a couple has lost child custody rights to two children based on their perceived intelligence.

Is it appropriate to include PTSD in child custody determinations

When Maryland parents face off over custody issues, things can quickly take a turn for the worse. Parents naturally want to spend time with their kids, and a divorce cuts into the available time for both parents. That can lead to lengthy battles in which any and every weakness is exposed, often past the boundaries of what is fair or reasonable. An example lies in a case where a father's post-traumatic stress disorder became the central focus of his child custody case.

When property division agreements require refinancing

One of the most emotionally charged aspects of a Maryland divorce is how to handle the disposition of the family home. Couples build a lifetime of memories in their home, and the house often represents far more than its value as a real estate investment. In many cases, one spouse desperately wants to hold onto the family home, and will negotiate the ability to do so as part of the property division settlement. That decision usually comes with the requirement that the property be refinanced solely in the name of the retaining spouse.