October 2011 Archives

Jamie and Frank McCourt reach divorce settlement

Maryland native Jamie McCourt and her ex-husband Frank McCourt have agreed to a divorce settlement, over two years after initially announcing plans to separate. The couple had been locked in a long-running legal battle over the settlement, which largely concerned the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Maryland fathers sue D.C. over child custody issues

Two Maryland fathers have filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia after the District placed their children in foster care. Because both families reside in Maryland, their lawsuit claims that the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency violated their parental rights by taking their children after their mothers lost child custody.

Medical marijuana and child custody decisions

The state of Maryland has not enacted any laws legalizing the possession, use and sale of medical marijuana, meaning that a parent found to be using the substance could lose custody of his or her children. Medicinal marijuana usage has, however, been approved in neighboring Washington, D.C. In the 16 states (and the District of Columbia) that have legalized medical marijuana, courts are grappling with the decision of how to consider medical marijuana usage when making a child custody decision.

Maryland may release staff following child support news

The Maryland Department of Human Resources may fire employees responsible for failing to properly collect and monitor benefits for poor citizens, according to an announcement by the DHR secretary in Annapolis. An official with the department explained that he is willing to replace members of his staff in order to correct the problems.

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