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3 facts unmarried new fathers should know

When a relationship ends, many men think that they are completely done with the woman they broke it off with. This isn't the case for a man who finds out that the woman is expecting his baby. Men who aren't married but have a new child with a former girlfriend have specific duties and rights regarding the child. Failing to meet legal obligations could cause problems for you, as well as for the business that you have worked so hard to build.

Maintaining a parenting plan after a move

After a divorce in Maryland, a parent may be committed to remaining in their child's life. Typically, both parents will come together and create a plan as to how they will raise the child despite no longer living together. Ideally, the plan will limit any disruption to the child's life. However, there may come a time when one parent may enter a new relationship.

Nicole Curtis in custody battles with son's father

People in Maryland who follow the HGTV show "Rehab Addict" may know that its star, Nicole Curtis, has a 1-year-old child. Curtis has been involved in court battles with the child's father, Shane Maguire, since he filed a paternity claim not long after the child's birth when Curtis still had sole custody. Curtis responded by requesting child support and payment for child care and birth costs.

Standards for designating a parent as primary caretaker

When a Maryland couple with children decides to divorce, they need to agree on how to divide parenting time. Otherwise, a family court will decide the terms. A judge will consider many issues when determining child custody cases. In most cases, the court will award sole or primary physical custody to the parent who has been the primary caregiver.

Interstate custody disputes

Even if a divorced parent in Maryland thinks that a custody agreement can be worked out with their ex-spouse personally, it is importantto obtain a child custody order from a judge. If a parent's ex-spouse ever decides to move out of the state, the original child custody order will still be enforceable.

Common problems parents have in child custody cases

Maryland parents who are going through a divorce may struggle to make and keep child custody, support and visitation agreements. Conflict between them can bleed over into attempts to make and fulfill visitation agreements, and this could lead to more time in court trying to force one parent to comply.

Parenting plans and summer vacation

Maryland parents who are divorced might have an agreement with each other to alter custody, visitation and even child support obligations in the summer. Depending on the age and situation of the child, summer can be a much busier time with different activities and more social events. The best way to reduce the strain this might introduce into a co-parenting relationship is to plan ahead. Some parents incorporate a minimum notice requirement for telling one another about their vacation plans into their parenting plan.

Developing an effective parenting plan

Maryland parents who are ending their marriage might think that they only need to worry about co-parenting until their children turn 18. However, in reality, parents may continue to have some connection with one another throughout their lives as their children grow up and have children of their own. By starting early with a solid parenting plan, parents may be better able to navigate the decades ahead.

Child custody and holiday time

When people in Maryland have child custody cases, one of the issues they will need to address is how they will split time with their children during the holidays. Child custody and visitation for the holidays is important to determine since both parents are likely to want to have their child on the same days.

False positives detected in European drug test study

As Maryland residents know, being drug tested and having a positive result for marijuana may cause problems in a job or have negative repercussions in other ways. A recent study shows that erroneous results may be possible when hair testing for marijuana. The study was performed in Germany by a forensic medicine institute located in Freiburg.