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Recording on Cell Phone Video Is Ok, Split Decision on Audio-Updated Blog

Maryland is a two party consent state for purposes of recording another person oral communications. That is, you are not permitted to record someone’s oral communications in Maryland without the other party’s consent. However, there are important exceptions to the two party consent rule.

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Getting a Quick Divorce in Maryland-One Year Separation Is No Longer Required

A common misperception is the couples in Maryland must wait one year of separation to obtain a no-fault divorce. That is not the case. Indeed, Maryland has become one of the most liberal divorce states.

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Divorce Mediation Can Be Helpful—American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has published an article that neatly sums up the benefits to the entire family if the parents can work out a separation agreement without going to trial.

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Protecting Your Retirement During Divorce

The following article, published in the investment newsletter “The Motley Fool” reminds us that protecting retirement savings during a divorce is important, and third-party mediation or collaborative law may be the best way to protect what was accumulated during your marriage. Remember, you’re better off owning your share of the retirement accounts than having to pay those funds to your lawyer for divorce litigation.

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Domestic Partners, Grandparents Score Huge Win in Maryland Court of Appeals

In a major win for children and adults who helped raise children but did not adopt them, Maryland’s highest court reversed one of its worst decisions and recognized that “de facto parents” should have a rights to custody and visitation even though there is no biological connection between the adult and the child.

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Collaborative Practice

I am among the first trained attorneys in Collaborative Law and still believe in its usefulness. However, its use peaked a few years ago and now it is used infrequently, and virtually only in divorce cases. Why?

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Co-Parenting

Lorriane C. Ladish Posted in the Huffington Post the Following 10 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting. Although this list is geared towards mothers, I think it is useful for either mothers or fathers.

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Custody Early Access

A recent article in the Washington Post highlights how courts are trending to awarding fathers more time with their young children, even when the child is an infant. Titled “What’s more important than breast-feeding a baby? Giving a father time with his child”

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Surviving-Even Enjoying-Post Election Holiday Gatherings

I recently had lunch with a friend who commented that he had several friends who wouldn’t talk to each other because of the election results. Some even changed their Thanksgiving plans because they didn’t want to have to share a meal around partisan recriminations.

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Maryland: An Equitable Property State

We are sometimes asked whether Maryland is a community property state. It is not. Only Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin are. Maryland is an equitable property state.

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