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5 Ways to Avoid Parental Alienation

While it would be ideal for all parents to realize how important it is to put their children first and keep them out of the separation or divorce, that is often not the reality. Whether it’s from anger, hurt, jealousy, sadness, or another strong emotion, sometimes one parent will try and manipulate their children to alienate the other parent. In this article, we will take a look at this very real part of a divorce known as parental alienation, how to avoid it, and what to do if you are experiencing it.

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5 Major Mistakes to Avoid During a Custody Battle

A custody battle is often an emotionally charged experience for any parent. While you likely have your child’s best interests at heart, it isn’t uncommon to get swept away by feelings of frustration, anger, and grief.

These unchecked emotions may cause you to make mistakes that could affect the outcome of your custody case. Stay proactive by reviewing these 5 major mistakes so that you can achieve the most favorable result for both you and your child.

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Maryland Separation Agreements Guide for Divorce

One of the most important steps in the process of getting a divorce in the state of Maryland is meeting the proper guidelines established for separation before your divorce can be finalized.  In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what separation agreements in Maryland cover as well as some of the key concepts and terms you will want to become familiar with.

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How Child Representation Protects Your Child’s Best Interests

As a parent, you want the best for your children and part of that is ensuring that they receive the best means of protecting their best interests. This is especially important in child support and custody cases where the decisions made have the potential to make a huge and lasting impact on your child’s future.

To better understand how child representation factors into legal matters, we’ll take a look at several important elements including the URCANCPA.

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Tell-Tale Signs of Parent Alienation and Their Devastating Effects

Parental alienation is a form of manipulation in which one parent attempts to harm or destroy a child’s relationship with the other parent. It may also be referred to, in layman’s terms, as “parental brainwashing.”

This process is often accomplished through lies, misrepresentation, and isolation. Parental alienation may start with something has simple as complaining about a spouse in front of a child and grow in severity as problems between the couple escalate. The purpose of this psychological alienation is to bring the child or children closer to the offending parent by driving them away from the targeted parent.

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Maryland Drug Offenses and Penalties

It’s been well documented that Maryland is facing a growing heroin epidemic.  The state saw a 21% growth in deaths from overdosing on heroin in 2015 alone; 1,259 people died and 86% of these deaths involved opioids. More people died from overdosing, in the state of Maryland, than from homicides.  In Baltimore, where an estimated 19,000 people are heroin users, a public health emergency has been declared in response to the epidemic.

Drug possession crimes are among the most frequently charged offenses in the Maryland criminal justice system, and are subject to harsh penalties, even if they are first offenses.  If you or someone you know is facing charges in a case related to heroin or other Schedule I or II drugs, it is important to know the penalties that will be faced as well as the legal recourse that is available.

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What You Need to Know About New Residency Requirements for a Maryland Divorce in 2017

The nature of family law regarding divorce is complex, particularly in Maryland, where there many different divorce options. The residency requirements for divorce in this state have recently changed and new grounds for divorce have been created.

If you’re filing for divorce in Maryland, review the details below to ensure that you have the correct and most up-to-date information.

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What Does “Best Interest of the Child” Mean?

swingThe concept of the best interest of the child can be difficult to understand as it is often interpreted differently depending on the context. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines the best interests of the child as the “primary consideration” for all “public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies,” according to Article 3.

However, this information does little to provide a clear definition into what constitutes the best interest of a child, and just as importantly, what doesn’t. Matters get more complicated in child custody litigation as expert and lay opinions regarding what’s most beneficial for a child, vary widely.

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The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic and Maryland Law

pillsHeroin and opioid-related deaths are on the rise all over the nation, and Maryland is no exception. There were 527 heroin-related deaths in the state as of September 2015. This number is three times higher than the number of deaths in September 2010. Maryland also reported an alarming 383 overdose deaths during the first three months of this year.

Heroin, in particular, is of great concern. As individuals become addicted to prescription pills, they often seek less expensive methods of fueling their addiction and turn to heroin. Thus, the drug has made its way into the suburbs.

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The 10 biggest mistakes people make during divorce

biggest-mistakesUnfortunately, for many people, some of the biggest mistakes in their life come about during their divorce. Often, people settle for less than they deserve after a long, drawn-out battle. In many cases, they fail to realize how the divorce will affect their children or they fail to understand that legal missteps made over the course of the divorce could affect them for many years.

Luckily, you don’t have to walk the same unfortunate path that many others have walked. With more knowledge, understanding, and strength, you can dodge these top 10 mistakes that are commonly made during divorce proceedings.

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