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NEW MARYLAND DECISION GIVES STEP-PARENTS POST-DIVORCE VISITATION RIGHTS WITH STEP-CHILDREN

Historically, step-parents in Maryland were not awarded visitation rights with their step-children following a divorce with the children’s biological parent.  The traditional view was that the biological parents of children had full control over who could see their children and the courts would not interfere in that decision-making process.  As a result, step-parents typically had […]

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT UPHOLDS MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT – A LESSON TO BE LEARNED

In a recent case in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Stern & Associates represented a party whose husband was attempting to set-aside a marital settlement agreement that he and his wife had entered into.  . The husband argued that the Court should not enforce the Agreement for a number of reasons, including his assertion that the […]

MONTGOMERY COUNTY TRIAL COURT UPHOLDS MAHR PROVISION CONTAINED IN ISLAMIC MARRIAGE CONTRACT

In a recent divorce case handled by Stern & Associates, with co-counsel Fred Rejali, Esq., a Montgomery County Judge upheld a mahr provision contained in an Islamic Marriage Contract and awarded the wife the mahr amount due her under the parties’ agreement. A central issue in this contested divorce case was the validity of a […]

The Best Free Advice for All Divorce Litigants

Whether you retain Stern & Associates to represent you in your family law matter or not, you can take advantage of the advice that we give to all our family law clients:  “Don’t do anything stupid.” This sounds basic and straight forward, but it is surprising how many people do not adhere to this common […]

A Change in Maryland Divorce Law: Maryland Legislature Passes New Law to Expand Ground of Mutual Consent

In 2015, Maryland added “mutual consent” as a ground for divorce in the State.  Under the ground of “mutual consent,” a married couple can obtain an absolute divorce in the State if they have already entered into a marital settlement agreement that resolves the issues of alimony and distribution of their marital property.  An important […]

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