FAMILY LAW TASK FORCE  Father and child

Chairs: Ashley Mariner, Angus Derbyshire
Senior Attorney Advocate: Margaret Maupin
Director of Advocacy for Children and Families: Erica I. LeMon

For a complete list of Family Law Sample Pleadings, click Pleading in the task bar at the top of the page and then, from the drop down list, select Family Law

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Affordable Care Act Still in Place Despite House Actions

From the Center on Budge tand Policy Priorities:

"It is important to emphasize that, at this time, the ACA is still law and its provisions are still in place. People’s coverage hasn’t changed, and open enrollment is on schedule for November."

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill now moves to the Senate, where the bill will likely change and then to a conference committee or a vote on the Senate bill in the House.

This process will take time, and we have no way of knowing now what provisions, if any, will be enacted and signed into law. We do know that many people who gained coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are confused and worried about what is going to happen to their coverage. It is important to emphasize that, at this time, the ACA is still law and its provisions are still in place. People’s coverage hasn’t changed, and open enrollment is on schedule for November. 

As passed by the House, the AHCA would dramatically reverse the gains in coverage that we’ve made since the passage of the ACA. For an in-depth look at the key provisions in the AHCA, please see a summary of the AHCA from our friends at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

We will continue to follow the progress of this bill, and will keep you informed of any updates as it proceeds through the Senate. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website at www.cbpp.org includes numerous papers and resources on the AHCA and is updated on an almost daily basis with new material.

As noted, the ACA is still in place and it’s important to continue our work to help people get enrolled. To this end, we are planning an upcoming webinar that will review changes that were in the finalized Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule published last month. We will let you know as soon as we set the date for the webinar. 

The new HHS rule would make sweeping changes in special enrollment periods (SEPs) and the dates for the upcoming open enrollment period for 2018 coverage. States and State-Based Marketplaces that do not rely on Healthcare.gov have some additional flexibility related to several provisions of the rule, which we will explain in more detail during the webinar. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at beyondthebasics@cbpp.org

For additional resources and information on health reform, please see our Health Reform: Beyond the Basics website. For additional policy updates, please see our main organization website, www.cbpp.org

MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 3/23/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of March 23, 2017.

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MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 3/12/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of March 12, 2017.

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Court Authorized to Grant Custody When Unmarried Parents Still Living Together

Holbrook vs. Newell, 2017 Md. App. LEXIS 109 (2/1/17)

(No Md. App. cite as of 3/5/17)

The circuit court erred in dismissing a custody petition for lack of subject matter jurisdiction; the court had jurisdiction to resolve a child custody dispute between unmarried parents who were living together because the State's interest in protecting the welfare of a child did not depend on the parents' present or former marital status.

The Court of Special Appeals:

“The case before us is not a divorce proceeding but we can conceive of no reason why the State's interest in protecting the welfare of a child should depend upon the present or former marital status of the parents. Therefore, we think that it is appropriate to extend Ricketts holding to cases in which the parents are not married. See also C. Callahan et al., MARYLAND FAMILY LAW § 5-57 (5th Ed. 2011) (Ricketts stands for the proposition "that a trial judge is not limited to exercising its equity jurisdiction to determine custody only to those situations where the parents are living separate and apart.").”

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MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 3/5/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of March 5, 2017.

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MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 2/27/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of February 27, 2017.

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MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 2/22/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of February 22, 2017.

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MD Family Law Legislation - Updated 2/17/17

The latest from the MD General Assembly:  bills relevant to family law practitioners as of February 17, 2017.

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