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What to Expect From Your Green Card Marriage Interview

If you are a foreign national married to a U.S. citizen, you may plan to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States—commonly known as a “green card” holder. You probably know that part of this process involves an interview wi… Read More
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Prenups and I-864 Affidavit of Support

I-864 Affidavit of Support and Prenups — Is the Obligation Waivable?

Can a prenuptial or premarital agreement waive the support obligations that a sponsor assumes when he or she signs the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support for a spouse? The answer is … maybe. Different federal courts, just within the last few years… Read More
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Assisted Reproductive Technology and Citizenship

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Citizenship

Who is a child’s parent? The question is not as simple as it appears. With the development and increasing use of assisted reproductive technology (ART), including surrogacy, legal issues have arisen around what parenthood means when it comes to… Read More
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Prenuptial Agreements and I-864 Affidavits of Support

Any alien who seeks to become a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States as an immediate relative or family preference immigrant is inadmissible if he or she is likely to become a public charge. To prevent the likelihood that an LPR would… Read More
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International Child Custody, Jurisdiction, and UCCJEA

The Uniform Child Custody, Jurisdiction, and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is a uniform state law approved in 1997 to govern state courts’ jurisdiction to make and modify child custody determinations. Such determinations include custody and visitati… Read More
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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Change in Maryland Law

Recent changes to Maryland law that take effect on October 1, 2014, bring state law into alignment with existing federal law, and benefit a population that has often fallen through the cracks: abandoned, neglected, or abused young immigrants between… Read More
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Sentenced to [Married] Life To Avoid Jail Sentence

Frederick Wood of Maryland may have avoided jail time today by marrying the alleged victim. Back in November 2009, Wood was involved in a domestic altercation with his then girlfriend. The police report noted several injuries to the girlfriend. On M… Read More
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Categories: Family Law

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Up For Review

Today, Maryland is considering revising its mandatory child support guidelines for the first time in twenty-two years.  When the child support guidelines became mandatory in 1988, it was based on a matrix developed to determine how much parents we… Read More
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Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Recognized In Maryland

In an advisory opinion released yesterday, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler concluded that as a matter of constitutional law, the Court of Appeals would likely recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The opinion does not enable s… Read More
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Categories: Family Law