Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Family Law

Posted on Mon, 2020-05-18 08:40 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Covid19, Child Custody

If you have time on your hands, seize the opportunity to catch up on those “to do’s” needing wrap up after your child support or alimony case.  Check out these tips to see if any apply to your support order or agreement.


Tip 1:     Timing


Confirm & calendar:


·         Due dates for payments.


·         Termination events & dates of final payments.

Posted on Mon, 2020-05-11 08:50 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid 19

You may find yourself with time on your hands while staying at home.  This is an opportunity to catch up on the “to do’s” that still need tending after your child custody and parenting case has finished.


The relief of the end of a case usually leads to a new normal, followed by forgetting those items that still need tending.  Now may be a good time to wrap up that outstanding to do list.


Tip 1:     Make a Calendar

Posted on Wed, 2020-05-06 09:26 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Covid19

If you find yourself with time on your hands, now is an opportunity to catch up on those after divorce “to do’s”.


Often, clients are so relieved the divorce is over, they put their divorce documents in a drawer, understandably wanting to move on.  However, there are often deadlines, timelines, and follow up needed after the divorce.  Now may be a good time to tend to those items that need wrapping up.


Tip 1:     Retirement Transfer Orders

Posted on Fri, 2020-05-01 10:37 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid 19, Mediation

Welcome to the latest article in a series about mediation.  Here are earlier articles about:


·         Online Mediation Technology Tips


·         An Overview of the Online Mediation Process


Before jumping into how to prepare for settlement discussions in mediation, let’s first address what mediation is:

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-29 09:43 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid 19, Mediation

This article expands upon an earlier one discussing mediation, online mediation, and technology do’s and don’ts, which you can read here.


So, what should you expect during online mediation?


Video Conferencing Software

Posted on Thu, 2020-04-16 09:17 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid19, Alimony

What if I’ve lost income during COVID-19 and am required to pay child support?


Overview


If you’ve lost income due to unemployment, reduced hours, or furlough, you can file to modify child support.  To modify child support means a change in child support.  Child support can be modified when a “material change of circumstances” has occurred. 


Changes in circumstance can include changes in a parent’s income or in a child’s expenses.


Retroactive Modification of Child Support

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 09:08 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Alimony, Covid19

What if I’ve lost income during COVID-19 and am required to pay alimony?


Overview


If you’ve lost income due to unemployment, reduced hours, or furlough, you may be eligible to request modification of your alimony obligation.  It depends upon how your alimony obligation was decided.


Court Decided Alimony

Posted on Tue, 2020-04-14 08:38 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid19

Online mediation (also known as Online Dispute Resolution or ODR) is a thing and its use in family cases has accelerated with Stay At Home orders and the need to self-isolate.


What is Mediation?


Mediation is a process of meeting with a neutral person, who is the mediator and whose role is to facilitate a structured settlement discussion.  Mediation can be voluntary, so chosen by the participants.  Or, it can be required, for example if court-ordered or required by a pre-existing settlement agreement.

Posted on Fri, 2020-04-03 09:32 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Child Custody, Covid 19

In these unprecedented times of Stay At Home and remote or closed schools, how does a custody order or parenting agreement apply to breaks, summers & holidays?


Introduction:


Undoubtedly, we are in a time of more questions than definitive answers.  What we can rely upon are the:


·         Maryland Judiciary’s Statement on Matters Concerning Children & Families

Posted on Thu, 2020-04-02 08:50 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, Custody, Covid 19

On March 27, the Maryland Judiciary issued a Statement from the Maryland Judiciary On Matters Concerning Children & Families.  This Statement is helpful guidance for separated families who have a court order regarding parenting time.  In this writer’s opinion, it can also be viewed as a policy statement of the Maryland Judiciary that parenting time/schedule should continue as normally as possible and health and safety allow under these circumstances.  The Statem

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