Family Law Archives - Zirkin and Schmerling Law

Meet Kristen Fon L. Lim, Associate Attorney

Zirkin & Schmerling Law welcomes Kristen Fon L. Lim as she joins the firm. She’s an associate attorney and will primarily practice family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, and visitation arrangements. Prior to joining Zirkin & Schmerling Law, Kristen worked as a public defender and children’s attorney in Baltimore. During her time as […]

Do You Need a Divorce During Coronavirus?

People are stuck inside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, causing long-standing friction to come to a boiling point. Anger and arguments are arising in some families – sometimes escalating to the point of violence. Soon after the pandemic hit, there was a sharp rise in domestic violence reports. Children and spouses are at a […]

Custody Withholding During Coronavirus

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on many couples’ custody agreements causing disruptions in schedules and co-parenting relationships. Maryland’s stay at home order specifically delineates that parents are required to follow whatever custody order they have for their minor children. However, many parents are withholding their children from the other parents, stating that they are worried […]

Domestic Violence in Carroll County

About 33% of women and 10% of men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. In fact, more women are injured every year by domestic violence than muggings, car accidents, and rapes combined. There has been a rise in domestic violence reports over the past few years in Carroll County, Maryland. Although […]

Top Reasons Couples Divorce in Baltimore

Most people are aware of the common reasons for divorce. What about cyber-cheating? Although 90% of Americans will get married at least once before age 50, about 45% of marriages end in divorce. Second and third marriages have even higher breakup rates, with about 67% to 80% eventually leading to divorce. What causes so many […]

Maryland Long Distance Parenting Plans Put Kids First

Divorcing Parents Live Far Apart, Raising a Child Together Becomes Complex Under Maryland divorce and custody laws, parents are strongly encouraged to establish a parenting plan with a visitation schedule that clarifies exactly where a child will spend their time. Of course, it’s not always as simple as it seems. Sometimes, the long distance involved […]

Tragedy in Greenbelt Leads to Questions About Divorce Law

On the night of May 10, 2019, Bettie Jenifer was leaving the building of Express Employment Professionals in Greenbelt, Maryland when a man appeared in the parking lot. As the founder and leader of the company, Bettie often works into the night. The man approached her and Bettie turned to flee. Armed with a handgun, […]

Custody Laws In Maryland: What You Need To Know

It’s never easy for either party in a divorce, especially when children are involved. If you have children, you are going to need to understand custody laws in Maryland if you want to make sense of the process. There are many details to consider if you are going to improve your chances of obtaining a […]

School Daze: The Dilemma of Private School Tuition

A better understanding of the Maryland child support guidelines can help you determine what your responsibilities are when it comes to paying for your children’s education. There are many options available, from private school to public school to prep school and more. Although every parent wants the best for their children, you may have a […]

Peace Orders In Maryland

Peace Orders in Maryland are a legal form of protection granted by the District Court. If you need protection from someone, you can file a petition against him or her. A Peace Order is similar to a Protective Order. This form of legal protection, however, offers additional relief from more types of abuse. Here’s what […]