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What Is Emancipation?

December 11th, 2017

Emancipation generally means to free from restraint, control, or the power of another. In the context of family law, emancipation means to free a minor child from parental control.
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Will You Be Impacted by Changes to the Military Retirement System?

December 7th, 2017

Pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, a new military retirement system goes into effect at the start of the 2018 calendar year. The new military retirement system, called the Blended Retirement System (BRS), may impact the division of marital assets in divorce matters involving military families. To find out if you or a family member may be impacted, read more here.
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Social Security Disability Hearings: Hurry Up and Wait

December 6th, 2017

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Recently, The Washington Post published an article titled: “597 days. And still waiting.” This article provides an in-depth look into the largely broken social security disability system. The article’s attention-grabbing lead statistic states that 10,000 people died in the past year while stuck in a backlog of judges’ disability cases. That statistic alone should make politicians and all Americans sit up and pay attention.
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What Are Maryland ABLE Accounts?

December 5th, 2017

On November 28, 2017, the State of Maryland opened enrollment for Maryland ABLE Accounts. This new option allows some people with disabilities and their families to save for the future while remaining eligible for public benefits. For many people who are disabled, it can be vitally important to preserve eligibility for public benefits.
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Planning Your Kid’s Summer

December 5th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire, and Ashley Sheibaniagdam, Legal Intern
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & Flynn

I know what you’re thinking: it’s cold and it’s December—isn’t it too early to start thinking about summer? The answer is no, it’s not too early!

Summer can be a time of leisure and relaxation for families but so often, children of divorced or separated parents can be caught in the middle of conflicts concerning summer vacation arrangements. The best advice I can give any parent is: start planning early.

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Post-Divorce on a Budget: How to Keep Up Fun Activities with the Kids

November 27th, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

Many people often find themselves financially drained after a contentious divorce. It will take some time to rebuild your finances, but if you have kids, you know their wants and needs won’t stop after divorce. Read the rest of this entry »


Will I Receive Child Support “Credit” for Covering My Family’s Health Insurance?

November 21st, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnClients and potential clients often ask me if they will receive a credit for paying for the family’s health insurance when child support is calculated. The answer, as is frequently the case when family law attorneys are asked questions, is it depends.
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Personal Representatives & Obligations Concerning Auto Insurance During Probate

November 21st, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnMany of my clients are individuals who have recently learned that they were named as the executor (or, as we say in Maryland, Personal Representative) of a family member’s estate. It is a role that carries many responsibilities, but those responsibilities can be greatly lessened 1) with a good attorney to guide you through the process and 2) by being methodical and organized. Read the rest of this entry »


Catastrophic Disability Benefits—What Are They & How Do They Work?

November 13th, 2017

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn
Long-term disability insurance plans will pay you a monthly benefit if you can prove that you meet the “definition of disability” provided in the respective plan. Each “definition of disability” is different and crafted specifically for your plan. However, the most common definitions require claimants to prove they are disabled from their pre-disability occupation or any full time occupation.
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Co-Parenting in the 21st Century

November 9th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnEveryone knows that good communication is a MUST if you want to successfully co-parent with your ex after a breakup or divorce. But all too often, a couple’s inability to communicate is one of the reasons for the breakdown of a relationship. Read the rest of this entry »