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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Is allowing my son's father to come to our home to visit my son considered keeping him away

I am the custodial parent . I allowed my son to go to his fathers for most weekends but I later find out that my son is being left with his fathers mother or grandmother so he can go out and party . They have traffic in and out of their house and improper heating/air . I don't feel safe with... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

It depends on the custody order in place. Please consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Does the father have the right to know the custodial parent address if they are paying child support?

Can the court force the mother to provide the address to where the children live?

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

Without additional facts, it is difficult to answer this question. If there is an address shield in place or a protective order you may be able to restrict access to address. Please consult with an attorney to discuss.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: Whats the next step?

I filed for a child support modification recently and the other parent just put in the written response to it.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

Wait for the court to contact you to set up a scheduling conference, which is a conference where you set up dates to get things done. It is advisable that you consult with an attorney to assess whether assistance of counsel is necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: My sons father is trying to tell me where I can and can't live, can he do that?

We haven't gone to court yet, but he thinks he can tell me where I can live at. I currently don't have a license or a car yet, so he does the drop off and pick up (even though he is always late) We have an agreement now that is notarized showing that I have him 75% of the week.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

I highly suggest you contact and retain an attorney. It is a good idea that you obtain your own transportation and a license to drive. Good luck.

3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Maryland on
Q: I retained an attorney to handle my Mother's estate but months later decided to release him.

My Mothers has minimal assets. Can I represent my Mothers estate and if so, what are the next steps?

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. Based on the little detail provided, I do not suggest you administer the estate yourself without consulting with an attorney. There may be steps you overlook by doing so. Contact a local attorney for a consult to discuss whether you can do this on your own.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: How can I get the father off of my daughters birth certificate if I can't find him.

My ex husband faked an at home paternity test when my daughter was 3. I never questioned it since it was a way to get him out of our lives. He's had no contact with my daughter since. Now my daughter is 13 and wants to know for sure that he is her father and to have him removed for her birth... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 21, 2020

You are looking for advice on a very complicated matter that requires the assistance of counsel. I highly suggest you reach out to counsel in your county/city to discuss your options. Counsel can provide several mechanisms for locating him that you may not have at your disposal. And your case is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Maryland on
Q: My uncle is almost legally blind and my aunt has early onset Alzheimer’s but presents well, can their daughter get POA?
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 21, 2020

Unfortunately, that would not be a good idea and may create a whole host of problems down the line. You are better off petitioning the court for guardianship.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Can someone change a child’s school from one county to another with a proposed order? Not signed by a judge?

There was a hearing and new proposed orders in Maryland my son started school already and upon receiving these proposed orders he was taken out of his current school by the other party and enrolled in another county they haven’t started school yet. In the current order we have joint custody in... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

If there was a court hearing and a decision was made by the judge/magistrate, you have to follow the new order entered.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: how can I get custody without the other parent paying child support if we both agreed? Is it possible to get it to $0

We both don’t want each parent to pay support. But agreed on parent plan

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

You can ask the court to set the child support where you and the other parent are generally charged with supporting the child(ren). You do have to be able to justify not paying support to each other though.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Maryland on
Q: Sister died owning mortgage on house we shared 35 yrs. I want to stay. I’m not on deed. What to do?

I am personal representative for her estate. If I have to qualify for mortgage in my name I am afraid I would not (bad credit). I have kept up the payments

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. If your sister passed away owning a home, the home, depending on how it's titled, has to go through probate. If you are the only sibling, no spouse, and none of your parents are alive and she didn't have any children, then you can rightfully inherit the house.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Tax Law and Banking for Maryland on
Q: Can I take legal actions towards my financial advisor for being dishonest?

So in January my mom got a letter from her financial advisor which was from the IRS telling her that she had to fill out a W-9 because the social security she had in her account was wrong. My mom immediately took action and we went to our financial advisor office to correct the social security... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

Contact the IRS to verify.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: My daughter just turned 18 08/28/20. Due to COVID she will not go to college this semester can she still receive suppor

She plans on attending school when i go on mydhr it’s looks like the case has been closed. Was I to contact someone to let them know she does plan to attend. She has applied but not ready to take that risk

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

If you are referring to child support, that usually ends when the child graduates high school at 18/19 years old.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: My fiance just died and I'm trying to get all the kids insurance and everything put in my name and I am on the birth can
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

I am truly sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, your question is cut off. I would suggest that you repost it.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Maryland on
Q: I have documentation that some nursing homes if not all do not refund to the residents, overpayments of their private

pay for room and board and nursing services when admitted to a hospital, 3 days or longer, or in an associated Rehabilitation medical facility which is paid by Medicare. In other words, Medicare and or Medicaid pay for the resident's room and board and other covered services by Medicare paid... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

Sounds like both. You may need to report this to both agencies.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: If both of my parents have custody and, i want to stop going to my dads/stepmoms house am I aloud to resist going?
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

This answer is complicated--it depends. It depends on your age. At a certain point, the court will take into account your age and preference. Your parents have to follow the order as written. If they don't then they are in contempt of court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Custody of my granddaughter and also become a foster grandparent for her?

My daughter is an alcoholic and getting sicker. I want to go to court to apply for custody.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your daughter. Yes, you can petition the court for third party custody. However, it is not something you should do without the assistance of counsel. Unless the Department of Social Services is involved, it is unclear as to how you can be a foster parent for your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Hi, My final protective order was dismissed. Will shielding hide the interm and temporary RO too?

I was granted an interm and a temporary restraining order against my sister-in-law, but the final protective order was dismissed b/c all of my evidence came from my brother-in-law’s phone and he was not present at the hearing (he had given me copies of all of the texts and voicemails).

If... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

It will hide the entire record from public view. Once the final is denied, the temp and interim do not matter. They are expired. If you believe that you have reason to contest, then yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: My wife and I have been married for 6years. She was a divorce and is trying to put me out. Can she do that?

I've contributed finally to the apartment with rent and utilities. My name isnt on the lease

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 10, 2020

I suggest you contact an attorney for a consultation to discuss your rights to the apartment and your responsibilities for the rent and utilities. It is a marital home but your name is not on the lease so there are some special issues there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Can the biological father of a child that’s been adopted has a way to be in the child’s life?

The father had no idea that his daughter was being put up for adoption cause he was incarcerated

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 9, 2020

If the father has been released, he can petition the court for access. It is unclear from the facts whether he will prevail or not. Either way, it is not something that I'd recommend he should take on by himself, he does need counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Proposed orders

I had a child custody hearing do I follow the new proposed orders or do I continue to follow court orders that were in place until signed by a judge and sent to me? In Maryland Ordered my magistrate I do not agree with orders

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 9, 2020

Unless exceptions have been filed, you and the other parent can follow the new orders entered by the Magistrate.

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