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Gretchen K. Athias-White Lawyer

Gretchen K. Athias-White

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law

Gretchen Athias-White has been serving the family law needs of Bowie, MD for 21 years.

Jayson Aaron Soobitsky Lawyer

Jayson Aaron Soobitsky

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Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Traffic

At the Law Offices of Jayson A. Soobitsky, P.A., our clients come first. Every client is treated with courtesy and respect. Our expertise and integrit... (more)

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Paula Grace Nightingale

Family Law, Adoption, Divorce, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           

Ronald M Naditch

Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  59 Years
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Davida Ofori Bortmes

Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Paul J Reinstein

Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           

Steven Edward Sunday

Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Divorce, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  32 Years

Ronald H Cooper

Child Custody, Civil Rights, Credit & Debt, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

Stephen R. Elville

Elder Law, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Status:  In Good Standing           

Sharon Yvette Christmas-Deberry

Guardianships & Conservatorships, Business, Bankruptcy & Debt, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  26 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

ADOPTED CHILD

Any person, whether an adult or a minor, who is legally adopted as the child of another in a court proceeding. See adoption.

COMPARABLE RECTITUDE

A doctrine that grants the spouse least at fault a divorce when both spouses have shown grounds for divorce. It is a response to an old common-law rule that pre... (more...)
A doctrine that grants the spouse least at fault a divorce when both spouses have shown grounds for divorce. It is a response to an old common-law rule that prevented a divorce when both spouses were at fault.

HOME STUDY

An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial s... (more...)
An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial stability, marital stability, lifestyles and other social factors, physical and mental health and criminal history.

BEST INTERESTS (OF THE CHILD)

The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best inter... (more...)
The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best interests of the child. Similarly, when asked to decide on custody issues in a divorce case, the judge will base his or her decision on the child's best interests. And the same test is used when judges decide whether a child should be removed from a parent's home because of neglect or abuse. Factors considered by the court in deciding the best interests of a child include: age and sex of the child mental and physical health of the child mental and physical health of the parents lifestyle and other social factors of the parents emotional ties between the parents and the child ability of the parents to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing and medical care established living pattern for the child concerning school, home, community and religious institution quality of schooling, and the child's preference.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

A document that provides proof of a marriage, typically issued to the newlyweds a few weeks after they file for the certificate in a county office. Most states ... (more...)
A document that provides proof of a marriage, typically issued to the newlyweds a few weeks after they file for the certificate in a county office. Most states require both spouses, the person who officiated the marriage and one or two witnesses to sign the marriage certificate; often this is done just after the ceremony.

LEGAL RISK PLACEMENT

A type of adoption used by agencies to keep a child out of foster care during the adoption process. The child is placed with the adopting parents before the bir... (more...)
A type of adoption used by agencies to keep a child out of foster care during the adoption process. The child is placed with the adopting parents before the birthmother has legally given up her rights to raise the child. If she then decides not to relinquish her rights, the adopting parents must give the child back. This is a risk for the adopting parents, who may lose a child to whom they've become attached.

JOINT CUSTODY

An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a... (more...)
An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a say in decisions affecting the child) joint physical custody (in which the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents) or, very rarely, both.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

A document that authorizes a couple to get married, usually available from the county clerk's office in the state where the marriage will take place. Couples pa... (more...)
A document that authorizes a couple to get married, usually available from the county clerk's office in the state where the marriage will take place. Couples pay a small fee for a marriage license, and must often wait a few days before it is issued. In addition, a few states require a short waiting period--usually not more than a day--between the time the license is issued and the time the marriage may take place. And some states still require blood tests for couples before they will issue a marriage license, though most no longer do.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Janice M. v. Margaret K.

... Initially, the child's mother had primary custody. The mother was unable to continue as custodian, however, when she was sentenced to incarceration. ... 93 `(7) the stability and certainty as to the child's future in the custody of the parent.'. ...

Krebs v. Krebs

... RODOWSKY, J. This is an interstate child custody dispute involving jurisdiction to enter the initial custody order. ... II. "Did the trial court err when it found that Maryland had jurisdiction to make the child custody determination under the UCCJEA?". Facts and Procedural History. ...

Sigurdsson v. Nodeen

... On June 6, 2007, eleven months after the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County granted custody to the Nodeens, Mother filed, in the Circuit Court for Calvert County, a "Complaint for Modification of Child Custody Order." [1] The complaint named the Nodeens as defendants and ...