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Jayson Aaron Soobitsky Lawyer

Jayson Aaron Soobitsky

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Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Traffic

At the Law Offices of Jayson A. Soobitsky, P.A., our clients come first. Every client is treated with courtesy and respect. Our expertise and integrit... (more)

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Dondi West

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Business, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Government, Intellectual Property

Dondi West counsels and represents clients on matters related to Family Law, Personal Injury, Small Business, Intellectual Property, Cyber, and Nation... (more)

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Sarah  Novak-Nesbitt Lawyer

Sarah Novak-Nesbitt

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Divorce & Family Law, Education, Wills & Probate, Juvenile Law
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The Family Legal Advocacy Group’s (FLAG) mission is to provide advocacy and education for our clients in family law, child welfare, and education ma... (more)

Guana E. Williams Lawyer

Guana E. Williams

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Consumer Bankruptcy, Wills, Personal Injury

Attorney Williams is highly qualified to meet the challenges that difficult cases present. She serves clients in the Baltimore area with specialties i... (more)

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800-749-1830

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Michael E. Henderson

Construction, Child Support, Adoption, Corporate
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Beth Jackson Day

Child Support, Farms, Divorce, Family Law
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Cynthia Lifson

Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Divorce & Family Law
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Benjamin Cutter Marcoux

Alimony & Spousal Support, Dispute Resolution, Child Support, Divorce
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W. Marshall Knight

Alimony & Spousal Support, Animal Bite, Criminal, Child Support
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Delisa Coleman

Alimony & Spousal Support, Animal Bite, Criminal, Child Support
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UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court... (more...)
A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court. Many divorces proceed this way when the spouses have worked everything out and there's no reason for both to go to court -- and pay the court costs.

SPLIT CUSTODY

A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. ... (more...)
A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. This arrangement is generally disfavored by judges because they are reluctant to split up siblings.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

A document that authorizes a couple to get married, usually available from the county clerk's office in the state where the marriage will take place. Couples pa... (more...)
A document that authorizes a couple to get married, usually available from the county clerk's office in the state where the marriage will take place. Couples pay a small fee for a marriage license, and must often wait a few days before it is issued. In addition, a few states require a short waiting period--usually not more than a day--between the time the license is issued and the time the marriage may take place. And some states still require blood tests for couples before they will issue a marriage license, though most no longer do.

RESPONDENT

A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must r... (more...)
A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must respond to the petitioner's complaint.

ADOPTED CHILD

Any person, whether an adult or a minor, who is legally adopted as the child of another in a court proceeding. See adoption.

CRUELTY

Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practi... (more...)
Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practical matter, courts will accept minor wrongs or disagreements as sufficient evidence of cruelty to justify the divorce.

PATERNITY SUIT

A lawsuit to determine the identity of the father of a child born outside of marriage, and to provide for the support of the child once the identity of the fath... (more...)
A lawsuit to determine the identity of the father of a child born outside of marriage, and to provide for the support of the child once the identity of the father has been determined.

GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE

Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guar... (more...)
Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guardian of the estate may also be called a 'property guardian' or 'financial guardian.' See also guardian.

CUSTODY (OF A CHILD)

The legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When ... (more...)
The legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When parents separate or divorce, one of the hardest decisions they have to make is which parent will have custody. The most common arrangement is for one parent to have custody (both physical and legal) while the other parent has a right of visitation. But it is not uncommon for the parents to share legal custody, even though one parent has physical custody. The most uncommon arrangement is for the parents to share both legal and physical custody.