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Child custody considerations in Maryland

If you are going through a separation in Maryland and you have children, one of your biggest concerns will likely be how child custody will be established. It's important that you are able to continue to have a strong bond with your child even if your relationship with their other parent has broken down.

You will be happy to know that child custody courts in Maryland always make judgments based on what they believe to be in the best interests of the child. Furthermore, the courts believe that in the vast majority of cases, having a strong relationship with both parents is what's best for the children. The following are some of the key considerations that Maryland child custody courts take into account.

What happens if commercial drivers are arrested for drunk driving

Anyone who has a commercial driver's license (CDL) is held to higher standards than your average passenger car driver. These motorists are required to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Included in these rules are special intoxication standards that a CDL holder cannot violate. If they do, then they run the risk of losing their ability to remain commercial drivers.

Individuals who drive tanker trucks, church vans, school buses, and government vehicles may be required to hold CDL licenses.

The search of a Glen Burnie man's car yields drugs and a gun

A mid-morning traffic stop in Anne Arundel County on March 2 resulted in the arrest of a Glen Burnie man on both weapons and drug charges. Police pulled over the motorist nearby the intersection of Ordnance Road and Ritchie Highways just before 11:30 a.m., while they were performing a routine patrol of the area. It's unclear what motivated them to pull the man over though.

The driver got out of his vehicle and began walking away from the scene of the traffic stop before officers approached. Police officers then got out of their car and detained him. They searched his vehicle and found both drugs and a weapon inside.

What are the penalties for violating a Maryland protective order?

Protection and restraining orders are virtually the same. Each of these is a court-ordered document that prohibits an individual from coming within a set distance of another person. That protected party can be a vulnerable adult, household member or child. This type of court order can be put in place in any number of situations including stalking and domestic violence cases. Anyone who violates a protective order in Maryland is subject to being arrested and charged with a crime for doing so.

Maryland's protective order law is Family Law ยง4-501, et seq. This state code spells out how an individual may be prohibited from making contact with another individual in various instances. That person subject to the order may be unable to reside in the same home, attend the same school or work with the person who takes out the order. The law also spells out how that same individual may be unable to enjoy visitation or attend counseling with the protected individual as well.

The legal limit doesn't protect you from a DUI

When considering alcohol consumption and driving, everyone knows that the legal limit is 0.08%. If you meet or break that Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), then you have broken the law. You can get arrested and face DUI charges.

That's true, but that knowledge has spawned a curious DUI myth, which is that staying under the legal limit is all that you need to do to avoid a DUI, as if that limit protects you from charges. People think that their target goal is 0.07%, assuming they can't get arrested, even if they do get pulled over.

How to see the positive side of divorce

When facing a divorce, it's easy to feel defeated and surrender to negative emotions. You may start to feel like you are a failure or a victim, and you may start to become resentful of the decisions that you made in the past. While engaging in these types of thoughts is understandable, it's important that you don't let negativity eat away at you.

Instead, you can focus on the positives. The fact is that you cannot turn back time, and you only have one life to live. By learning from the lessons you've been taught from your past mistakes, it can be possible for you to feel thankful for everything that you have been through because it's made you who you are. The following are some tips for staying positive during divorce.

How to connect with children on limited time

Parents who feel like they don't have enough time with their children often seek out ways that they can actively work to connect with them. This is something often considered by busy parents -- those long hours at the office add up -- but it's also an issue for divorced parents. If you only have your kids from 30% to 50% of the time, you must do what you can to make that time count.

One of the best ways to do it is to have family meals. If you have to, ban cellphones. Don't eat in front of the TV or while you're thinking about work. Take this half-hour out of every day with the children to really engage them in conversation. Ask them about their day. Find out what they did at school. Forge a relationship and show them that you care about what is happening with them.

No contact really means no contact

You get a protective order to keep you safe. It orders your ex to refrain from contacting you. The hope is that this will force your ex to keep their distance so that they do not harm or harass you.

What people sometimes forget is that a no-contact clause in a protective order really means no contact at all. It does not just mean not talking to you in person or not visiting your home or workplace. Those things are prohibited, but it could also mean:

  • Not calling on the phone
  • Not sending text messages
  • Not writing letters
  • Not sending direct messages on social media
  • Not commenting on your social media posts

Sometimes, couples just grow apart

People sometimes buy into the myth that divorce is always dramatic, that it always comes with an eye-opening story. They talk about things like infidelity and domestic violence. They talk about addiction issues or the impact of unemployment.

Yes, all of these things do contribute to divorce in the United States, but not always. In some cases, it's not dramatic at all. People just grow apart.

Can you stop paying support to get more time with the kids?

You get divorced, and your ex gets custody of the children. You do get visitation rights, though, so you are able to stay involved in their lives. They even spend some weekends at your house but live with your ex most of the time.

It works out all right at first, but then you start thinking that you want to see them more often. You're paying child support, after all, and you have never missed a payment. Regardless, your ex tells you that you can't see them any more than you are now.

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