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General Family Law Articles

  • This article outlines legal issues related to adultery and bigamy.
  • "Family Law for the People: Understanding the Law and Court Process" is a free, three-hour informational seminar for individuals interested in learning about common family law issues and court procedures. Featuring experienced family lawyers, the seminar will cover topics including: Child custody and support; Divorce; Starting a case; Trial process and procedures; Finding and working with an attorney; and Alternatives to trial.
  • At 18, your child may enter into contracts and sign legal documents for herself. As she becomes an adult, she may wish to give you some access to information and authority to make decisions in order to have your continued help. For example, she can put in place a HIPAA release authorization form, an advance health care directive, and a durable general power of attorney.
  • Court records are generally open and accessible to the public. This article provides information on how to seal or shield your case records from public view.
  • There are a variety of benefits that unmarried cohabitants may receive from one another.
  • In Maryland, unmarried cohabitants can create express written contracts that are enforceable in a court of law. They can also create express oral contracts to divide personal property, but they are best advised to put into writing any divisions of real property.
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