Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Family Law

Posted on Tue, 2021-04-06 13:18 by Erika Jacobsen White, Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Labor & Employment

Intimate partner violence and abuse is on the rise during the pandemic.  The statistics are staggering – 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience intimate partner violence in some form.[1]  Intimate partner violence can take many forms including emotional, physical, sexual or financial – it impacts women and men of every race, gender, orientation, and class.

Posted on Tue, 2021-04-06 13:18 by Erika Jacobsen White, Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Labor & Employment

Intimate partner violence and abuse is on the rise during the pandemic.  The statistics are staggering – 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience intimate partner violence in some form.[1]  Intimate partner violence can take many forms including emotional, physical, sexual or financial – it impacts women and men of every race, gender, orientation, and class.

Posted on Tue, 2021-02-16 12:27 by Rama Taib-Lopez in Family Law, Separation

You and your spouse may have agreed that it is time to go your separate ways but how exactly do you even begin to detangle your lives?

Posted on Fri, 2021-01-15 09:26 by Lindsay Parvis in

Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading.


This series discusses:

Posted on Fri, 2021-01-15 09:03 by Lindsay Parvis in

Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading.


This series discusses:

Posted on Fri, 2021-01-15 09:01 by Lindsay Parvis in

Third party custody is one of the fastest developing areas of Maryland law, seeing many major changes since 2016.  This series of articles explores these developments and raises questions about where this area of the law is heading.


This series discusses:

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 15:00 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which will allow the Court to decline to award any child support if certain circumstances exist.  Child support law current through September 30, 2021 does not entitle a Court to decline to order child support.  These changes will be found in Family Law Article §12-202(b) and apply to cases filed on and after October 1, 2021*.


Circumstances under the new law allowing a no support order are:

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:52 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which introduces new Maryland law on the self-support reserve for low income parents for cases filed on and after October 1, 2021*.


The self-support reserve recognizes that parents at the lowest income levels require a basic amount of money to live on before being able to pay child support.  The self-support reserve standardizes this calculation, while still allowing deviation in appropriate cases.

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:48 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which concerns statutory updates to existing law on voluntary impoverishment and potential income.


Voluntary impoverishment basically means a parent choosing to be unemployed or underemployed (so, reduced his or her income) in order to avoid paying child support.  Starting October 1, 2021 for cases filed on and after that date*, Maryland will see changes to its child support definitions statute (Family Law Article §12-201) to:

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:43 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

October 1, 2020 saw updates to the law (Family Law Article §12-104.1) allowing suspension of child support when the payor (the person required to pay child support; also called “obligor”) is sentenced to incarceration for 180 consecutive calendar days or more.  This is a change from 18 consecutive months to 180 consecutive days.  This applies to cases filed on and after October 1, 2020.

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