Columbia Legal Issues Blog

Can you request more parenting time after your divorce?

There are typically two sets of custody orders issued throughout the protracted process when a couple with minor children divorces in Maryland. The courts will typically issue a temporary order on the day that one spouse files for divorce. They will later issue a final order at the end of

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Know the serious injuries people can suffer in a slip-and-fall accident

Far from being a sight gag or a punchline, a slip-and-fall incident can be a debilitating and injurious experience. It is possible for people to suffer serious injuries when they slip and lose their balance, resulting in a fall. Factors such as age and health can influence how serious a fall is.

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4 lies you probably believe about Breathalyzers

Breathalyzers, those handy roadside devices that police officers use to determine if you’re inebriated while behind the wheel, are fairly familiar to most Americans. You just blow into one of these devices and let it measure the amount of alcohol in your breath. Then, it spits out a figure that

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Budgeting after bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is widely said to give you a fresh start financially, and that’s exactly what it does. You can get out from under your debt and start again. It offers various ways to do this, such as liquidating assets with Chapter 7 or creating an affordable repayment plan with Chapter

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A five-second text can take a life

No one would text and drive if they knew they were going to cause an accident and seriously injure — or even kill — another person. That said, while we know that distracted driving leads to a lot of accidents every year, people continue to take this risk. They often

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How can I tell if my spouse is hiding assets?

The division of property during a divorce is one of the most tiring parts of the entire process. It doesn’t help if your spouse is uncooperative, or worse, hiding their assets. Spouses can hide their assets for a variety of reasons. One common reason occurs in states with equitable property

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Small business debt reorganization just got a lot easier

Many Americans talk about a sad decline of mom-and-pop, Main-Street, small businesses. The subject is a favorite among elected officials around election season. But for many years, advocates have pressed for changes in federal bankruptcy laws that could give struggling small businesses a fighting chance of keeping their doors open.

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The FAQs of personal bankruptcy

Bankruptcy has always had a dark cloud hanging over it as something to avoid. That simply isn’t true. Filing for bankruptcy is freedom from crippling debt. Filing allows you to get the monkey off you back and start anew.  Maybe you made some poor financial decisions, fell on hard times,

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Bankruptcy can provide relief from health care expenses

The quality of health care in the United States is considered by many to be among the best in the world. This is no less true in Maryland, home of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is considered by many to be among the best hospitals in the nation. The high

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Fatal motor vehicle accidents continue to plague roadways

Maryland traffic can be treacherous as the number of cars on local roadways has increased in recent years. The increase in motor vehicle accidents has lead to an uptick in the number of accidents that result in fatalities. There was one such accident on a recent afternoon in La Plata. At about

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