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What are the child custody laws in Maryland?

For many married couples, starting a family is a very important life event. Much like couples do not anticipate divorce when they get married, parents do not foresee their family being split up due to divorce. Unfortunately, this is a reality faced by many families in Maryland and elsewhere. While this means addressing a wide range of divorce issues, it also means navigating child custody. For some, this is a fairly easy and straightforward arrangement to establish; however, this can also be a contentious and high conflict issue for others.

What are the child custody laws in Maryland? Much like other states, separating parents in Maryland could seek joint custody. This allows each parent legal rights to make important decisions regarding the child's life. Additionally, parents could seek joint physical custody, which means that the child lives equally with both parents. It is also possible to see other arrangements, such as one parent having legal custody and physical custody, which is often referred to as sole custody.

When not to file for uncontested divorce

If you're one of many Maryland spouses who have been considering filing for divorce in 2020, you may also be wondering which option would be most viable in your situation. Unless you have a legal background in family law, you may not be particularly familiar with various divorce-related legal terms, such as uncontested, contested, mediation, collaborative law and more.

Perhaps, all you know at this point is that you want to leave the past behind and move on in life in as safe, healthy and low-stress fashion as possible. Like most Maryland parents, you're no doubt also concerned about your children's well-being as well as your own finances, especially because you know that being a single parent will be a lot different than living in a dual income household.

Maryland lawmaker facing bribery and fraud charges

Facing allegations of a crime could significantly impact the personal and professional life of the accused. Whether it is a minor crime or a serious felony, having a crime attached to one's name can make it challenging to live a normal life no matter if one is a public figure or an average citizen. This is why it is imperative for those facing criminal charges to consider the criminal defense options available to them.

According to recent reports, a Maryland lawmaker was charged with federal bribery and wire fraud. These charges stem from allegations that she took bribes to push for legislation in the state that would benefit marijuana companies as well as other companies in the region.

Be wary of this secondary condition to a spinal cord injury

If you were in an accident in which you suffered a spinal cord injury, you face either a significant recovery period or adjustments to a new way of life. Even if your prognosis is that you will achieve as close to a full recovery as possible, it could take months.

Depending on the location of your spinal cord injury, you could experience a number of secondary conditions that arise due to the disruptions in the messages from your body to your brain and from your brain to your body. Doctors consider some of them as life-threatening medical emergencies, but this article will only focus on one.

DUI checkpoints: It's just that time of year

The holiday season is quickly coming to a close, but that isn't stopping police in Maryland from staying on the lookout for drunk or otherwise impaired drivers. DUI checkpoints have already taken place in Prince George's County and more are likely to follow. The goal is to keep residents and visitors to the area safe.

If you plan to spend the rest of your holidays out on the town, you may want to prepare yourself in the event police stop you at one of these checkpoints. Do you know how they work? Do you know your rights?

What is a growing cause for misdiagnoses?

For some, going to the doctor is routine. However, for others, it is only in the rare cases one is seriously injured or is suffering from a severe ailment. No matter the reason for a visit to a doctor or medical professional, patients rely on the medical professional to properly diagnose and treat them. In many cases, this occurs without issue. However, diagnostic errors can occur, resulting in significant harm to a patient.

What is a growing cause for misdiagnoses? While it is known that doctors, like anyone else, can make mistakes, there is a concern when it is revealed that somewhere around 12 million Americans are seeking physicians and leaving with a wrong diagnosis each year. And, based on a current study, the top reason for this is bad judgment. It was found that this was the cause of 86 percent of medical malpractice claims involving misdiagnosis.

Travel safely this holiday season as chances of a crash increase

You may be someone who enjoys traveling by car. Rather than booking a plane ticket or another form of transportation, you like to get behind the wheel and get to your destination on your own terms. In fact, you may plan to drive to multiple destinations this holiday season in order to see friends and family and to run holiday-related errands.

If you are planning on hitting the road for Christmas or other holiday matters, you are not alone. Roadway traffic often sees an increase during the holidays, which means that your chance of being involved in a car accident also increases. Because you undoubtedly do not want anything to increase that chance further, you focus on travel safety.

Guiding you through post-divorce child custody matters

The winter holidays are the time of year where many focus on togetherness and spending time with family. Unfortunately, when a family is no longer a unit because of divorce, this can create problems during the time of year that should be joyous and cheerful. Family law matters can complicate this time of year, especially when parents cannot come to an agreement with regards to who gets the children on which holiday. Thus, it is important for divorced parents to establish a custody arrangement and holiday schedule.

Although most if not all important decisions are decided during the divorce process, family law issues could arise post-divorce. These could cause stress and concern for those parents dealing with disputes concerning child custody. At Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., P.A., our skilled legal team provides a compassionate ear during these emotional and difficult times.

The serious nature of facing felony charges

Felony charges are criminal charges of a particularly serious nature. The penalties associated with these offenses are serious, and a conviction of a felony crime could change the course of your life. When facing these types of allegations, it is in your interests to fight back and defend yourself and your future interests.

These types of criminal charges are associated with particularly grave criminal offenses such as murder, assault and certain types of drug crimes. Typically, these crimes are punishable by at least one year in a state or federal correctional facility. As soon as you learn that you are under investigation for felony criminal activity or there are formal felony charges filed against you, you would be wise to start working on an appropriate defense strategy

Importation considerations around child support

Maryland child support is an important part of any divorce and can also be an important consideration for unmarried parents to address. Child support provides for the financial support of children and can sometimes be worked out between parents, but the family law court is also able to help guide parents through the sometimes challenging process.

Child support is generally decided based on the income of the parents and the child custody arrangement the parents have. Issues that might come up related to child support during a divorce include child support negotiations; child custody matters that impact child support; child support enforcement for a parent who fails to meet child support obligations; and child support modifications should the need arise. A significant change in circumstances for the child or parents, such as a job loss or increased school or healthcare costs for the child, may result in a child support modification request.

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