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Should Adultery be Decriminalized?

By: Armin (Rick) Kuder In 2018, the Maryland legislature is expected to consider a Bill to decriminalize adultery. We are all familiar with adultery as an historic ground for divorce, or a factor to be considered in determining the cause and consequences of the breakup of the marriage, but few are aware that in many Read More

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Huntley v. Huntley, Maryland Court of Special Appeals

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals published an(other) important reminder about counter-complaints and ad damnum clauses this month.  In Huntley v. Huntley, available here, the Plaintiff filed a Complaint asking for, among other things, a monetary award, alimony, a portion of the marital share of the Defendant’s retirement benefits, and attorney’s fees.  The Defendant filed an 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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Grounds for Divorce?

I do not know whether Reader’s Digest still fills in space after articles with oddities and jokes, but I recall that the magazine sometimes published laws that were found on the books of States, Cities and Counties that no longer had any purpose, but did amuse its readers.  Lost in the mists of time were Read More

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Maryland Rules 1-322.1 and 1-322.2

On Tuesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a Rules Order related to the long-debated Rules 1-322.1 and 1-322.2.  As a result of the Rules Order, lawyers will not have to certify on pleadings that the pleading complies with Rule 1-322.1 – a rule that prohibits inclusion of certain private information on court filings. First, 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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