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Changing child custody orders requires a modification

Child custody and visitation orders are made in the best interests of the child. As children grow older or situations change, the best interests of the child might change. It is important that the court orders for child custody and visitation change when the best interests of the child change. The only way to do that is through a child custody modification.

Virtual visitation is a supplement to in-person visitation

Being a parent isn't an easy job. When you don't live near your children, that difficulty is often increased. You might wish that you could be there for all of the major milestones in your child's life. While that might not be physically possible, you might be able to be there virtually thanks to advances in technology.

Don't assume traffic violations are minor infractions

Traffic tickets aren't always a pay-it-and-forget-it situation. In our previous blog post, we discussed how some traffic tickets can add points to your driver's license and how some tickets require you to appear in court. In truth, you should learn about all of your options before deciding how to handle a traffic ticket.

How does the driver's license point system work in Maryland?

When some people think of a traffic violation, they think about something that involves nothing more than paying a fine. In Maryland, not all traffic violations work that way. In some cases, points will be added to your license if you are convicted of a traffic violation. Some traffic violations can't simply be paid. In some cases, you will have to appear in court to resolve the traffic violation.

School and work pressure results in stimulant abuse by students

A survey from last year sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids found that almost one out of every five college students abuses stimulant medications like Adderall, Vyvanse and Ritalin. These prescription stimulants are also being abused by one in seven people who are of similar age but are not in college.

What is a home study during the adoption process?

When you are considering adopting a child, you will have to have a home study done. The thought of a home study is something that is worrisome for some people. Having a basic understanding of what a home study entails might help you to feel less stress as you embark on the process.

Military parents: Know child custody rights and responsibilities

In two of our recent posts, we discussed some very important things to consider when you are in the midst of a child custody case. In one, we discussed how child custody cases place a lot of stress on the child. In the other, we discussed how military parents going through child custody battles and those who have child custody orders in place should have a family care plan in place. Both of those posts show how in depth child custody matters can be.

Two men involved in gun-based crime

When you are in a heated argument, you often aren't aware that you may have crossed a line in the sand. The other person may begin to feel threatened enough to pull out a weapon, and suddenly you are stuck in the middle of a nightmare scenario. Something like this happened in Glen Burnie, Maryland, recently.

What should a family care plan include?

Members of the military who are single parents or who have custody of a child must create a family care plan. This plan is an important consideration because it outlines what will happen to the children if the military member gets ordered to deploy. Always having the FCP up-to-date is vital just in case no-notice, or emergency, deployment is ordered.

Child custody cases can increase stress on the children

Child custody is one of the aspects of divorce that is very emotional. Parents usually want to assert their own preferences when it comes to the child custody matters. That, however, can oftentimes make the divorce difficult on the children. Going through a divorce with their parents is almost always a stressful experience for the children.

Strong odor of pot leads to multiple weapons and drug charges

Anne Arundel County police made a traffic stop recently that led to the seizure of drugs, cash, weapons and the vehicle. The officer that stopped the vehicle said there was an "overwhelming odor of marijuana" emanating from the vehicle. The officer also saw a magazine for a handgun on the back seat.

Hate crimes encompass a variety of actions

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the penalties for various violent crimes in Maryland. One of the crimes we discussed was hate crimes. If you recall, hate crimes can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. The penalties of a conviction depend on the classification. That post might have some people wondering exactly what is considered a hate crime.

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