MD ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban

Though largely discredited by medical and mental-health associations, conversion therapy, also referred to as “reparative therapy” and “ex-gay therapy,” seeks to treat and resolve a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity as though it is something curable. In 2012, California was the first state to ban such therapy on youth. Since 2012, ten other states have followed suit prohibiting the use of conversion therapy on children. In Maryland, the new law is referred to as the Youth Mental Health Protection Act. Practitioners who attempt to engage in conversion therapy will be subject to disciplinary proceedings. This is not the first […]

What is the Best Interests of the Child Standard? How judges decide the fates of the young

After families separate, parents must decide where the children will primarily live. Some families can settle this among themselves while others require court intervention. Often parents assume the court will award custody to the mother however, that’s not necessarily the case. Put simply, the Best Interests of the Child standard simply means that the court looks at certain factors to determine what is in the best interest of the children involved in the family situation. Even when parents have an agreement, the court still must make a finding that the agreement is in the best interest of the child. Often […]

Co-Parenting Resources

  Figuring out how to co-parent after a break-up, separation, or divorce is difficult. Some parents find difficulty in communicating with one another. At times the communication is simple and other times, it is rather difficult. Nonetheless, both must parent their children. Removing face-to-face conversation is sometimes the best place to start when trying to co-parent effectively. The below programs and apps provide various resources for the separated and divorced parents. Our Family Wizard is an online program which provides a platform for communication. The parents can “email” back and forth, add items to a joint calendar, and, most importantly, […]

How Maryland Law Discriminates Against Same-Sex Parents

  The LGBT community has powered ahead in recent years in terms of legal recognition for same-sex relationships. In 2013 the Supreme Court in the pivotal case of United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Then, in 2015, the high court took one step further in Obergefell v. Hodges, by asserting that the fundamental right to marry is granted to same-sex couples equally. Despite these strides, many local laws have failed to confer the marital benefits presumed upon heterosexual couples to homosexual couples. […]

Types of Divorce The many ways of breaking up

  There are two types of grounds for divorce: grounds based on a fault and no fault. Grounds based on fault may permit a party to obtain an absolute divorce within 12 months and could serve as a factor considered by the court in determining alimony or a marital award. There are two no-fault grounds for divorce. The most common is a 12-month separation, which means that the parties have lived separate and apart without resuming cohabitation for at least a period of 12 months. The second no-fault ground is a divorce by mutual consent which requires the parties not […]