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Posted on Thu, 2016-04-28 14:57 by Jeffrey N. Greenblatt in Family Law

You’ve been married around 25 years. Your children have become more self-sufficient or they’re gone. You shifted your attention back to your spouse, which led to a realization: you are really not happy in your marriage.

Well, you are not alone. The rate of uncoupling over age 50 has increased in recent years and it’s prompted the catch phrase: “gray divorce.”

Posted on Tue, 2016-04-19 14:08 by Levi S. Zaslow in

Real Property – Retaliation Actions and Attorneys’ Fees 

Felicia Lockett v. Blue Ocean Bristol, LLC, No. 29, Sept. Term, 2015 (Md. Feb.  22, 2016).

Felicia Lockett is a tenant in an apartment building knowns as “Bristol House” in Baltimore City and had been since 2010.  Slip Op. at 1, 7.  Ms. Lockett, who actively and vigorously participated in the tenants association there, had a contentious relationship with the landlord, Blue Ocean Bristol, LLC (“Blue Ocean”).  Slip Op. at 1.  In 2014, Blue Ocean did not renew her lease. 

Posted on Thu, 2016-03-17 07:03 by Jay P. Holland in

Can Employers Conduct Mental Health Screenings

On February 26, 2016, a coworker shot seventeen employees at a Kansas factory, three of whom were killed. While this was a high profile active shooting, unfortunately, it is not the only such workplace shooting.  As investigators piece together the motives for the murders, there is no question that there has been an alarming uptick of active shooting incidents in the U.S. over the past few years.

Posted on Wed, 2016-02-24 20:55 by Rama Taib-Lopez in

Military Divorce

Divorce, in and of itself, can be a difficult and complicated process. If you or your spouse is a member of the U.S. military, there are additional factors, considerations and challenges that come into play. 

Posted on Thu, 2016-01-21 12:24 by Darin L. Rumer in

Best Interest Attorney for Children in Child Custody Battles

If you have filed for custody and/or divorce in Maryland, you’ve likely heard the term Best Interest Attorney. In fact, at your initial conference with the Court, the Magistrate conducting the conference may ask you if your case requires any “services.” That is court-speak for the appointment of a Custody Evaluator, Best Interest Attorney or Child Privilege Attorney. As such, you may want to familiarize yourself with the role of a Best Interest Attorney and his or her role in representing your child(ren).

Posted on Thu, 2016-01-07 13:33 by in

This week, a judge in Los Angeles, California vacated a $7.1 million verdict in favor of former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, who claimed that the paper discriminated against him because of his age and disability. Simers alleged that the discrimination began after he suffered a stroke and other health problems in 2013, when he was 62 years old. Among other things, the newspaper cut his column from three times a week to two, and suspended him for alleged ethics violations. The newspaper ultimately took his column away altogether and reassigned him to sports reporting, which Simers considered a demotion. After the demotion, Simers resigned.

Posted on Thu, 2015-12-10 13:44 by Alyse L. Prawde in

Transgender Students Title IX Civil Rights

On September 17, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the Title IX claim of G.G., a transgender junior at Gloucester High School in Virginia who was born female but identifies as male.[1] G.G. alleged that the school board’s policy prohibiting him from using the boys’ bathroom violated the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.[2] G.G. recently appealed the court’s decision to the Fourth Circuit on October 21, 2015.[3]

Posted on Fri, 2015-12-04 10:45 by Matthew J. Focht in

Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyers

In the early evening of Nov. 18, at the beginning of rush hour, a Freightliner truck tractor carrying containers full of hazmat suits overturned on Interstate 81. Because of the nature of the cargo, first responders to the scene had to take extra precautions to ensure there were no risks of contamination to themselves or the community. While some radioactivity was detected, experts agreed that the amount of possible exposure was too small to cause a serious threat and – after nearly four hours of diverting traffic – reopened the highway.

Posted on Tue, 2015-11-24 11:56 by in

 

Maryland Court of Appeals Rules on Admissible Identification

As previously discussed in this blog, in the spring of 2014, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in State v. Hailes,[1] made important rulings regarding several evidentiary issues. The Hailes court held that a “hard blink” can be a statement, that a “Dying Declaration” does not require actual imminent death, only a belief of imminent death, and that the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment does not suppress a dying declaration.[2] After further appeal, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently affirmed that decision.

Posted on Thu, 2015-11-05 11:02 by David Bulitt, Rama Taib-Lopez in

 

On July 24, Maryland Attorney General, Brian E. Frosh, issued an opinion that clarifies an important and relatively new aspect of family law: same-sex divorce. The opinion – which was hailed by such organizations as Equality Maryland, FreeState Legal Project and the Maryland State Bar Association – further defines the term “adultery” to refer to any extramarital affair, regardless of the sex of the individuals involved. 

As the Attorney General Frosh said in his opinion:

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