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  • How many days do I have to produce documents for a Pendente Lite hearing?

    Unfortunately I do not have an attorney and have a Pendente Lite hearing on June 1. I just received my mail today Friday May 29. How many days am I supposed to be given before a request for production of documents? Can I ask for a continuance bec...

    David’s Answer

    Maryland law provides that one has 30 days to respond to Request For Production Of Documents. Whether or not you should ask for a continuance depends on various factors which you should discuss with an experienced attorney. Many of us are willing to provide a brief free consultation by phone to orient you on the case.

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  • Do I have the right to a joint savings and checking account after divorce?

    I am divorced, however we still own a joint checking and savings account. According to my credit union Membership and Account Agreement, joint owners have access to funds regardless who deposited them. Also, there is nothing that I could find in M...

    David’s Answer

    If you remove some money which belongs to your ex-spouse you could be asking for more trouble than it is worth. Don't do it.

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  • Got engaged & found out the the guy lied & is still legally married. Who keeps the ring. He was a balance and wants it back.

    I was going to marry him and he had moved out of his apt. and was staying with me temp. His mail comes to my house. I asked him when mail comes if I should open. There was a notice that he was still legally married. There were numerous lies tha...

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    You are far better off giving back his ring and saying, "Good riddance." Why would you want any further entanglements with such a liar? If he had told you the full truth from the start, then you both would have handled things differently. But it is hard to do this when one person starts a relationship with false pretenses.

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  • Can I will become the sole/ physical guardian of my son and take decision making away from my sons mother?

    My Son is 8 yrs old, I went to court for visitation in "07" and I now have him 40-45 % of the time, joint physical, joint legal cust.& a visitation schedule. His mom has breached the order for years has placed my son in danger. She left him on t...

    David’s Answer

    If you can prove a "material change in circumstances" has occurred since the last court order, and that what you propose is in the child's best interests, then you might get what you are seeking. An experienced attorney can give you further advice and guidance.

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  • Female name on birth certificate

    at 19 i place a female name on my child birth certificate now the real father has appear and he wants to go to child support to get a DNA test and so forth, will this hinder the process or cause me to get into trouble?

    David’s Answer

    If the biological father has appeared and wants to prove he is the father, pay child support and take on his role as father, then there will likely be court proceedings to deal with. Why not have a consultation with an attorney who can guide you as you move forward in this matter? An attorney can give you legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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  • Absent father visitation

    My 5 yr old son's father has reappeared after 2 years. They have spent time together supervised and are talking on the phone 1x a week for the past 5 weeks. I haven't let him tell my son he is his father. Am I required to tell my son who this str...

    David’s Answer

    Children (and adults) have an amazing capacity to deal with the truth, but often have great difficulties understanding why some truths are not openly discussed. You will likely find that things turn out for the best if you present the truth straight up with your child. If the father files for custody and visitation, the child will find out anyway. Shouldn't the child hear the truth first from you?

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  • What is my first thing I need to do in obtaining a divorce in maryland

    My husband and I have decided to seperate what do we do now

    David’s Answer

    After you both are residing in separate residences, then you file for Limited Divorce, if you have children or need spousal support. If you do not have children and do not need spousal support then you both wait until October to file for Absolute Divorce according to a new law which goes into effect that month. It provides for an easier and quicker divorce if you have resolved all issues. If you need to go to trial, then it gets more difficult. Talk with an experienced attorney for further details.

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  • Child custody when the child's father is in another State

    My daughter is 6yrs old and residing with me in MD since she was born 2008. My bf (her biological father) is from Iowa and had visisted her monthly but had stopped visiting her since 2013. We both have signatures on her birth cert. Now I want to h...

    David’s Answer

    Your child has been with you her entire life, and the father has not come here to our town of Owings Mills since 2013 so there is a good chance the case will go in your favor. However, custody battles are difficult and if not handled properly, bad/unexpected things can happen, You will do best if you have an experienced custody attorney advising you and guiding you throughout this process. If you don't give this your best shot from the start, you might regret the results. Many of us highly experienced attorneys provide a brief free consultation over the phone to orient you in your case.

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  • How to go about divorce in MD? I have been married for 5 years, have a 1 yr old, i am sole provider for entire household.

    I am from another state and I'd like to eventually get divorced and move back there. Concern is that he can stop me bc we have a child together. 1. Can he stop me? 2. Can he get alimony from me? I pay for everything, 100%. His name isn't on rental...

    David’s Answer

    You are in need of a comprehensive review of all the facts and strategies. An experienced divorce/custody attorney can help you with legal advice tailored to your specific situation. One strong argument in your favor is that it appears your husband has not contributed much to the marriage. However, has the father taken care of the child while you work, or does the father refuse to care for the child? No need to answer here on AVVO, it is just an example of one analysis that needs to be done, in addition to many others. Talk with an experienced attorney and get the guidance you need. Many of us are willing to provide a brief free consultation over the phone.

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  • May I file a motion to increase child support due to a decrease in my income after a motion was granted to decrease it?

    About a month ago, my ex-husband and I were in court due to his motion filed to decrease child support. The amount went from $1450 to $675 due to the children no longer being in daycare. Since then, my income has decreased by $7700/year due to m...

    David’s Answer

    If a "material change in circumstances" has occurred since the last court order, then you can file for modification of child support. I like the idea suggested by Attorney Koslow to file a request to amend the order if the order was entered less than 30 days prior. You should review Maryland Rule 2-535, and then discuss this law with an experienced attorney. You must file/serve your Motion To Revise Judgment within 30 days of the judgment. Do not miss the deadline, otherwise, your right pursuant to this MD law will cease.

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