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April 2017 Archives

How to keep children safe from violence

Estranged Maryland parents who believe that their children have witnessed domestic violence are urged to make mention of that during child custody proceedings. The accusations are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. If a noncustodial parent already has custody of his or her child prior to the allegations being made in court, those visitation rights may be suspended or modified. For instance, visitation may be allowed only if it supervised.

Amber's law changes protections for victims of domestic violence

Living in a violent situation is hard on you and your children. You know you need to find a way out, and there are legal options to help you do so. You can seek a protective order to keep yourself and your children safe, so the person hurting you has to stay away.

Seeking changes of custody

When Maryland parents of young children end their marriage, one person will normally be granted primary physical custody with the other parent being given visitations rights, although in some cases, shared custody is granted. Once custody is established, it may be changed if the circumstances of one or both parents change.

Age is not the only factor when determining child support

Maryland residents may believe that child support ends when a child reaches the age of majority at 18 or 21. However, this is not necessarily the case. Sometimes, a parent is obligated to continue providing support for a special needs child well into adulthood. It is also possible that a parent can ask to terminate a support order because that child has been legally emancipated.

Garnishing disability benefits for child support

It is essential that Maryland who owe child support make payments on a regular basis. If they do not, they may find that they are unable to have enough money to live off of or struggle to make ends meet if they become temporarily or permanently disabled.