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Lindsay Parvis Elected As A Fellow Of The Maryland Bar Foundation

On June 15, 2017, Lindsay Parvis was elected as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation at the Bar Convention in Ocean City, Maryland.  The election is in recognition that, in her professional and public career and in her private life, she has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of her community, the administration of justice, and the traditions of the profession of law.

The Maryland Bar Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation organized in 1965, with the objective of obtaining gifts and contributions to be used for the following purposes:

  • To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of the law;
  • To improve and to facilitate the administration of justice;
  • To promote the study of the law and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of lawyer.

The Foundation has carried out these purposes by making grants to organizations that work within Maryland to accomplish the goals of the Foundation.

Vince Wills Named as Family Law Practitioner of the Year

Congratulations to Vince Wills on being named the Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County!  This honor is given in recognition of his contributions and commitment to continuing legal education for lawyers.  The Section is hosting a celebratory event on June 19, 2017 honoring Vince.

Vince has been a partner in the firm since 2001, after joining Dragga & Callahan in 1996.  Since 1996, his practice has concentrated primarily on family law, and particularly on complex litigation and appellate matters.

Most recently, Vince co-chaired the 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law.  He was the Moderator for the Electronically Stored Information (ESI) seminar for the Maryland Bar Association, and co-presenter with Kathleen Dumais on the topic of discussing relocation in custody disputes for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of Maryland, Virginia, and DC Joint Chapter Spring Retreat.

Vincent Wills to Moderate ESI Seminar for Maryland State Bar Association

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is presenting a seminar on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and what attorneys need to know about this developing and ever-changing area of evidence and discovery.  The program, being offered on September 9th in Columbia, will provide the basics of electronic devices (such as bits/bytes, hardware, software, iPads, etc.) and how that information is used in e-discovery.  The course will go further to help attorneys determine their duties at the initial client consultation, tips, tricks and traps in capturing ESI, when to hire a forensic expert, the legal responsibilities of both the requesting and responding party, how to review and analyze ESI and the admissibility of ESI evidence in court.  

Lindsay Parvis elected to MSBA Board of Governors

On June 18, 2016, Lindsay Parvis was elected to the MSBA’s Board of Governors at the Joint Bench Bar Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. Lindsay will serve a 2-year term, representing Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Board of Governors directs the affairs of the Maryland State Bar Association. It consists of the officers (President, President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary), Immediate Past President, the MSBA’s delegate to the American Bar Association, Chair of the Young Lawyers Section, and those elected to the Board to represent different geographic districts of the State.

Lindsay is the outgoing Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the MSBA’s Family & Juvenile Law Section and outgoing Membership Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Inns of Court.

2016 Family Law Legislative Wrap Up

Volume 3

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly session saw lots of activity with little family law legislation passed. Of the bills discussed my two prior posts about family law legislation – Volume 1 and Volume 2 – only 2 passed, both of which address corroboration of the grounds for divorce. Effective October 1, 2016, corroborating testimony will no longer be required for the court to grant a divorce. Under current law (Family Law Article §7-101(a)), the court may not enter a judgment of absolute divorce on the party’s uncorroborated testimony. Also effective October 1, 2016, Family Law Article §8-104 will be eliminated. §8-104 is a vestige of the old ground for divorce, “voluntary separation” and allowed a separation agreement to be corroboration that the separation was voluntary if the agreement met certain requirements. “Voluntary separation” was revised in 2011 to “1-year separation”, eliminating the requirements that the separation be “mutual and voluntary” and “without expectation of reconciliation”.

Lindsay Parvis Published in Maryland Domestic Law Report

The Maryland Domestic Law Report’s March edition featured an article authored by Lindsay Parvis: Automatic Injunction Bill Fails in Legislature...For Now. Lindsay was part of a sub-committee of the MSBA’s Family & Juvenile Law Section Committee that studied injunctive relief type legislation for the last two years. The article discusses the five most common types of injunctive relief, which were identified from surveying 26 states that provide injunctive relief, specifically in family law matters. The article goes on to discuss current “emergency relief” procedures in Maryland jurisdictions and how Injunctive relief legislation may provide consistency and timely relief.

For inquiries please contact the Maryland Domestic Law Report at (703) 212-4833

What’s in a Name?

Volume 2

In the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, House Bill 1183– Family Law – Divorce – Restoration of Former Name would allow a spouse to request that she or he be restored to a former name (usually a family last name) not only at the time of the divorce but also upon request after the divorce.  This would not require a spouse to go through the formal name change process after the divorce is granted.  If passed, this would save time, money, and steps for ex-spouses who want to resume official use of a family name after the divorce and at a time that works best for him or her.

Lindsay Parvis Published in Maryland State Bar Association’s Bar Journal

The Maryland State Bar Association’s March/April Bar Journal featured an article co-authored by Lindsay Parvis:  The Commission on Child Custody Decision-Making - From Theory to Practice*.  Lindsay served on the Commission’s Court Process Subcommittee, heading a workgroup on Unmarried Parents.  The article focuses on the need for a parenting statute in Maryland and how the Commission’s model statute fills that need.  This article discusses the findings and recommendations of the Commission, as well as the need for a shift in thinking about the “best interests” of children of separate parents and in contested custody litigation.

 

Lindsay Parvis testifies at the Maryland General Assembly

On March 15, 2016, Lindsay Parvis testified on behalf of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the MSBA at a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee regarding the following bill:

SB978:  Child Custody – Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time

Bill:  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/sb/sb0978F.pdf

Synopsis:  Repealing references to the terms "child custody" and "visitation" and substituting the terms "legal decision making" and "parenting time" in specified instances; authorizing the court to consider how best to promote stability and long-term health and welfare for children; requiring the court, in determining the appropriate allocation of legal decision making or parenting time between the parties, to consider the ability of the parties to meet the child's developmental needs and create family parenting time schedules; etc.

Lindsay Parvis testifies at the Maryland General Assembly

On March 9, 2016, Lindsay Parvis testified on behalf of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the MSBA at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing regarding the following bills:

HB1232: Child Custody – Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time

Bill: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/hb/hb1232F.pdf

Synopsis: Repealing references to the terms "child custody" and "visitation" and substituting the terms "legal decision making" and "parenting time" in specified instances; authorizing the court to consider how best to promote stability and long-term health and welfare for children; requiring the court, in determining the appropriate allocation of legal decision making or parenting time between the parties, to consider the
ability of the parties to meet the child's developmental needs and create family parenting time schedules; etc.

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