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Quality Time and Child Access

Recently, the Washington Post reported a study by Canadian and American researchers that concluded that “quality time” is more related to successful outcomes for children than the “quantity of time” parents spend with their children.  A bit of history may contribute to this discussion. I would start this history with the decades during which courts Read More

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Hollywood on Custody and Military Service

We regularly see happy reunions on the nightly news when military Dad comes back from overseas deployment.  But as family lawyers we also regularly see families in conflict as a result of the absence of the military member.  Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder.  And children, especially little ones, may feel abandoned. Read More

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Paternity Leave

NPR ran a story last week about paternity leave, noting that very few employers provide paid paternity leave, though more fathers desire or even expect it.  The full story is available here. The District of Columbia has a strong policy in favor of children having relationships with both parents.  We see it in many areas Read More

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Maisie Knows

By Armin U. Kuder Anyone involved in a custody action, or even contemplating one, needs to see “What Maisie Knew.”  This small, engrossing movie, currently in theaters, captures the awful things that parental combatants for custody can do to a child, both intentional and unintentional.  Quizzing a child about what goes on in the other Read More

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In re: Adoption of Sean M

by R.S. Continuing on our theme of putative fathers objecting to adoptions (see yesterday’s post on Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl), on March 22, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals decided a stepfather adoption case that reminds us of the importance of noting and meeting deadlines in our practice. See In re: Read More

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