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2016 Super Lawyers

We are proud to report the numerous recognitions of members of Kuder, Smollar, Friedman, & Mihalik, P.C. on the 2016 list of Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters.   Super Lawyers uses a patented multiphase selection process, involving peer nominations and evaluations as well as independent research.  Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and Read More

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Fleet v. Fleet, 14-FM-391

The District of Columbia has a rich body of case law regarding domestic violence and Civil Protection Orders, with which any practitioner in the Domestic Violence Unit must be thoroughly familiar.  The Court issued another such decision on May 5, 2016, in the matter of Edmund Fleet v. Ericka Fleet – an appeal from cross-petitions Read More

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Re: Victim Blaming

By now, we are all familiar with the various versions of tips to prevent rape, which change the focus from actions of victims to actions of rapists.  If you have not seen one, they are available here, here and many other places.  These shed light on a common cultural bias known as victim-blaming. In representing victims of Read More

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V.L. v. E. L.

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam opinion on March 7, 2016, tangentially related to family law, but mostly related to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution.  The Full Faith and Credit Clause requires states to acknowledge, enforce, and abide by orders of sibling states.   This Read More

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New Maryland Appellate Rules

The Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals have some rule changes that will take place at the beginning of the year – which I can hardly believe is only two weeks from now. The most important change for practitioners is the addition of a word count limit to documents filed in the Court Read More

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Same-Sex Couples and Joint Tax Returns

As the end of 2015 approaches, same-sex married couples will be turning to the question of whether they should file joint tax returns, or as married persons filing separately.  Until the United States Supreme Court required all jurisdictions to recognize valid same-sex marriages, this was not an option for many.  Now that it is, when Read More

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What is Infidelity?

No doubt the revelation of the identities of millions of married people who have used “Ashley Madison,” an internet site dedicated to marital infidelity (“Life is short; have an affair”), has caused many people to reexamine what conduct on the part of a spouse or partner is infidelity:  Are thinking, looking, sexting, acts of infidelity?  Read More

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Jack Kevorkian Redux

  One of the unintended consequences of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision for the majority of the Supreme Court finding a constitutional right to marry, has been a renewed discussion of whether there is likewise a constitutional right to determine the timing of a person’s death.  Before his own death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian generated numerous headline Read More

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How My Moms Had a Baby

Some of our most rewarding work at KSFM involves assisting committed same-sex couples who want to have children together, whether through IVF, sperm donation, or other assisted reproduction.  KSFM is able to assist both in the initial stages – with contracts and legal advice related to moving forward- as well as after children are born Read More

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2015 Super Lawyers

The 2015 issue of Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters, came out this month, and we are proud to report on the numerous recognitions of members of Kuder, Smollar, Friedman, & Mihalik, P.C.   Super Lawyers uses a patented multiphase selection process, involving peer nominations and evaluations as well as independent research.  Candidates are evaluated Read More

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