New Year. New Start. New You!

With the start of the New Year of 2014, many are carefully examining their lives and may decide that this is the year to make a big change, including considering separation and divorce.  January is the International Child-Centered Divorce Month, as more divorces are initiated in January than in any other month of the year. ... Read More

Holiday Headache: Avoid Conflict This Holiday Season

Although some families maintain their regular visitation schedule regardless of holidays, most families arrange to share meaningful holidays so that the children can enjoy holiday time with both parents.  This holiday season, here are a couple tips to help keep the peace so that everyone’s holiday is happy and bright:   Be supportive of time... Read More

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

 By Guest Blogger Don Paris, CPA, MST, CDFA.  http://www.donparis.com/ By now you are well aware that each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. In celebration, I thought it important to tell you about a little known fact, i.e. there are great federal income tax credits available to adoptive parents. What is the... Read More

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (“DVAM”) is observed to bring light to this important issue that affects our local community in a big way.  Approximately one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and young people between the ages of 16-24 experience domestic violence at even higher rates.  In the District... Read More

Indefinite Alimony and Disability in Maryland: SSA Determination Alone is Not Enough

On September 3, 2013, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued its decision in Hiltz v. Hiltz considering the trial court’s decision to award the wife indefinite (permanent) alimony based on her claim that she was permanently and totally disabled. This case essentially harmonizes the law in Maryland regarding long-term disability insurance plans’ views on... Read More

Same-Sex Marriages Now Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

As the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor continue to unfold, the federal government has now extended access to the benefits and protections of federal tax law to married same-sex couples that were previously only available to married opposite-sex couples.   On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of the... Read More

D.C. Court of Appeals Upholds Trial Court’s Award of Step-parent Adoption

On August 15, 2013, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in In re J.C.F. & H.A.Z., a case of first impression involving a birth father’s challenge to the adoption of his child by the child’s stepfather with the consent of the mother.  The Court of Appeals reviewed the trial court’s finding that the... Read More

D.C. Court of Appeals Issues New Custody Factors for Cases Involving Relocation

At the end of June 2013, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Estopina v. O’Brian, affirming the trial court’s decision to grant appellant’s ex-wife joint legal and primary physical custody of the parties’ then four-year-old child, and allow the mother to move with the child from the District of Columbia to Virginia... Read More

“A Collaborative Case Study” by Sogand Zamani in ADR Section Report

Zamani & Scott Law Partner Sogand Zamani was featured in the June 2013 Maryland State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Section Report.  Sogand’s article, “A Collaborative Case Study,” focuses on the impact and effectiveness of Collaborative Practice.  Collaborative Practice is a peaceful, holistic and economical out of court approach to addressing client disputes by... Read More