Maryland Passes Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA)

On Monday, the Maryland Senate passed the Maryland Uniform Collaborative Law Act (“UCLA”) after months of legislative effort.  The Maryland UCLA establishes standards and requirements for parties who wish to enter into a collaborative law process – a process which is growing in popularity among many couples who wish to resolve their domestic relations matter... Read More

National Infertility Awareness Week Scheduled for April 20-26th

In an effort to spread awareness and public understanding about infertility and its impact on people’s lives, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, will be recognizing National Infertility Awareness Week from April 20-26 this year.  RESOLVE founded this movement and continues to work within the community to:   Ensure that people trying to conceive know the... Read More

Conscious Uncoupling – A Shift in the Way We View Divorce?

This week actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician-husband Chris Martin announced their intention to separate permanently on Paltrow’s blog “Goop.”  In her blog entry, Paltrow makes reference to the concept of engaging in “conscious uncoupling.”  But what exactly does that entail? Conscious uncoupling has been described as the ability to understand that every irritation and... Read More

Zamani & Scott Provides Testimony In Support of Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act

Despite the increasing popularity of assisted reproductive technology (“ART”), Maryland does not have a comprehensive state statute that definitively establish the rights of intended parents using assisted reproduction or collaborative reproduction procedures.  This legislative session, however, the Maryland General Assembly introduced the Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act (Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 236) on January... Read More

Egg Donation: Settlement or Taxable Service?

A U.S. Tax Court will soon decide whether the donation of human bodily materials such as eggs, sperm and blood plasma constitutes an act of commerce that should be taxed. This precedent-setting case arose after the IRS sent a California woman a notice stating that she owed $4,998.00 in back taxes and interest for the... Read More

Federal Court Rules Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

This week, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia overturned Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.  The ruling also held that Virginia must now respect same-sex marriages legally performed in other states or jurisdictions, which includes Virginia’s neighbors of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Currently, approximately 30 states have an... Read More

Important Considerations for U.S. Citizens Considering the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) Abroad

Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) provides an opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to now become parents.  While the public’s views and technology have rapidly evolved, laws take significantly longer to change and there is no uniformity among the states, let alone internationally.  Significantly, U.S. immigration law has lagged far behind with serious implications for U.S.... Read More

Valid Foreign Marriage by Telephone? Maryland Says Yes You Can!

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently affirmed a finding that a marriage ceremony performed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) was valid even though the husband was not physically present at the ceremony, but participated in the ceremony by telephone from another country. In 2010, the wife filed suit for divorce in Maryland. ... Read More

Dealing with Divorce: Practical Tips to Prevent Stress

There are three (3) main components to dealing with any divorce.  Those include: The Emotional Component: dealing with the loss associated with losing an important relationship and grieving that loss; The Financial Component: figuring out how to divide assets accumulated during marriage and how to remain financially secure going forward on a single income; and... Read More

Divorce without Judges? France Considers New Procedure for Uncontested Divorce.

The Associated Press recently reported that France is considering a plan to allow divorces by mutual consent to proceed without a judge, simplifying the process.  Under the new proposal, a court clerk, rather than a judge, could approve an uncontested divorce. According to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, approximately 54% of French divorces are uncontested... Read More