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What Is Parental Alienation and Why It Hurts Everyone

By Evan Koslow / November 10, 2016

Parental alienation is perhaps the worst experience any family can go through while also going through a divorce or separation. Parental Alienation is defined as one parent turning a child or children against the other parent through disparaging remarks and sometimes keeping the child away from the other parent for no reason. As a matter…

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The Uphill Battle for Grandparents’ Rights

By Evan Koslow / September 20, 2016

Sixteen years after Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), grandparent visitation is alive and well in Maryland. In Troxel, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor noted, “The demographic changes of the past century makes it difficult to speak of an average American family. The composition of families varies greatly from household to household.” Indeed, the last…

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De Facto Parents in Maryland

By Evan Koslow / July 8, 2016

On July 7, 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals finally overturned Janice M. v. Margaret K., 404 Md. 661 (2008), which was a landmark case in Maryland regarding De facto parents. De Facto parents describes custody or visitation rights for adults based on their relationship with a non-biological, non-adopted child. This case laid out the factors a De…

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What Are Grandparents’ Rights?

By Evan Koslow / May 1, 2016

In Maryland, grandparents, a non-biologically related adult (third party) or non-adopted adult has an extremely uphill battle to guarantee any access to a minor child they may have a relationship with if the parent prohibits them. Even if prohibiting the relationship is not in the best interest of the child. If you are prohibited from…

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