The 2017 Maryland Legislative session is underway and, as of the end of January, 40 family-law related bills have been filed. Of note:
- SB 499 — If a couple files for a mutual consent divorce, only one party must appear at the hearing for the Court to issue an absolute divorce (Currently, both parties must appear).
- HB 293 — A court would be permitted to consider a domestic violence order in divorce proceedings (Currently, these decisions and orders are not admissible as evidence). The bill would also allow a Court to consider whether a party has complied with a domestic violence order.
- HB 508 — A bill to eliminate the term “child custody” and replace it with “legal decision making” and delete the term “visitation” and replace it with “parenting time”.
Stay posted for updates on the status of these bills and others.
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Laurie M. Wasserman, a principal at Offit Kurman in the Family Law practice area, represents individuals in all aspects of Maryland divorce and family law. She is committed to guiding her clients through the process in the most beneficial and least stressful way. She helps clients identify the issues that are important to them and advises them on creative strategies to achieve these goals. She brings experience, energy, and empathy to all of her cases, and provides her clients with the attention they deserve.
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