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Family law matters are difficult and emotionally trying.  They often cause uncertainty and doubt. Our resources section is filled with helpful information on a variety of family law matters.  It is intended to help you educate yourself on the divorce & family law process in Maryland and D.C.

Family Law, Divorce, & Custody: Is Social Media Helpful or Hurtful?

In 2016, everyone can be found on the internet—and by anyone! That includes the attorney of your soon to be ex. With social media embedded on our phones and intertwined throughout our lives, it is showing up in courtrooms and affecting custody cases, divorce proceedings, and other family law matters. Understand the rules of engagement before you post one more photo or seemingly harmless update.

Significant Change in Maryland Custody Law: Recognition of De Facto Parents Impacts Same-sex Relationships & Non-Adoptive Partners

On July 7, 2016 non-biological parents in Maryland won important rights with regard to custody and visitation. Prior to that date, Maryland did not recognize what is known as de facto parenthood. The opinion of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Conover v. Conover establishes recognition of de facto parents in Maryland. This is a major change in Maryland custody law.

Handling the Maryland Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

If you have a child or children and you are separated, depending on the custody situation, you may be obligated to pay child support to the other parent. If the court enters an order obligating you to pay child support, you should read that order carefully. In many instances the “how” portion of the order will direct you to pay child support to the Maryland Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Is It Really Better To Have A Prenup?

A prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) provides a snapshot in time of the assets of the parties’ at the time the parties get married. And, like all contracts, codifying the arrangement can have both beneficial and harmful consequences. A prenup may establish division of assets, and support obligations (e.g. alimony) often without any consideration of what may transpire in the future. Conversely, a prenup may also set ground rules as to division of property acquired during the marriage in the event of divorce.

Brian Pearlstein to Speak in MSBA Evening Series

Brian Pearlstein, Managing Partner of Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, is presenting at the Maryland State Bar Association event on February 17th, 2016 titled "Document Drafting for the Family Law Professional--The Discovery Phase."

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