FAQs About The Adoption Home Study

An important part of the adoption process is the home study. In the family court, the home study is given a lot of weight and can have a bearing on whether or not a judge approves an adoption. If you are in the process of adopting a child, here is what you need to know.  Why Is the Home Study Conducted? The home study is an opportunity for a case worker or other professional to assess the safety of your home and to collect information about you and your family that can be used to determine whether or not an adopted child would connect well with the family. Read More 

Planned Changes In The Use Of Witnesses In Uncontested Divorce Cases In Maryland

The process for using witnesses in uncontested divorce cases appears to be ready for a change in Maryland. Uncontested divorces are used when two people agree on all aspects of a divorce and can meet the special requirements necessary to qualify for this status. This is why you need a witness. However, the state legislature is proceeding on rule changes that will affect how witnesses are used in a divorce proceeding. Read More 

Making It Official: Using A Legal Separation Agreement Before Divorcing

The financial effects of divorce can continue to affect couples long after the final papers are handed down from the family court judge, but some prior preparation in the form of a legal separation agreement might help alleviate some of these issues before you even file for divorce. The time period between your separation and the final decree often spans months, and ensuring that you and your finances are protected during this time could help ensure a smoother divorce process and a faster divorce recovery period. Read More 

Parenting Plan: An Invaluable Resource For Divorced Parents

Divorcing when you have a child or children is no easy feat. Going through the process of designating physical custody, legal custody, and visitation may be taxing. It is not uncommon for arguments and disagreements to arise during this troubling time. Fortunately, parenting plans make this challenging situation a bit easier. A parenting plan is a document that outlines the details of how you and your ex-spouse will raise your child. Read More 

Maybe We Need A Break: 4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You File For Divorce

If you've been having problems with your marriage, you may be considering divorce. While divorce may be in your best interest, it's important to make sure that it's actually what both of you want. Taking a break away from each other will allow you and your spouse the opportunity to assess the situation. Here are four questions you should try to answer while you're taking the break. Why Aren't You Getting Along? Read More